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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.

Braine Early Origins



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.

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Braine Spelling Variations


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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.

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Braine Early History


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Braine Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Braine research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Braine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Braine Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Braine Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Braine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 settled in Virginia in 1653
  • John Braine 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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Braine (post 1700)


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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

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Braine Historic Events


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Braine Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Edward William Braine, British Bedroom Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Flight 191

  • R N Braine, American passenger from Los Angeles, California, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979

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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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    The Braine Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Braine Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 13 November 2014 at 16:21.

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