Braine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Braine was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Braine family lived in Gloucestershire. The family is believed to have been from Brain, near Hainaut in Normandy where they were nobles of the order of St. Empire.
Early Origins of the Braine family
The surname Braine was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. The family name is believed to have been seated in Hainaut in Normandy where they were nobles of the order of St. Empire.
Important Dates for the Braine family
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Braine Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Brain, Braine, Brayne, Brane, Brayn and others.
Early Notables of the Braine family (pre 1700)
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Braine migration to the United States
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Braine or a variant listed above:
Braine Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Richard Braine, who settled in Virginia in 1653
- John Braine, who settled in Virginia in 1654
- John Braine, who arrived in Virginia in 1657 
Braine Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Braine, who landed in East New Jersey in 1700 
Braine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Braine, who landed in America in 1804 
- Daniel Braine, who landed in America in 1806 
- John Josiah Braine, who arrived in New York, NY in 1845 
Contemporary Notables of the name Braine (post 1700)
- John Gerard Braine (1922-1986), English novelist
- Richard Braine (1900-1998), British Royal Navy Read-Admiral
- Sir Bernard Braine, British politician, Member of U.K. Parliament, knighted in 1992
Historic Events for the Braine family
- Mr. Edward William Braine, British Bedroom Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking 
- R N Braine, American passenger from Los Angeles, California, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash 
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
- ^ Flight 191's Victims - latimes. (Retrieved 2014, April 16) . Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/1985-08-04/news/mn-4349_1_fort-lauderdale-area