name Brainsbay comes from when the family resided in either Bransby, a hamlet in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
, or Brandsby in the North Riding of Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Brainsbay family
The surname Brainsbay was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Brainsbay family
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Brainsbay Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Brainsbay has been recorded under many different variations, including Bransby, Bransbury, Bransbey and others.
Early Notables of the Brainsbay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brainsbay family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Brainsbay or a variant listed above: Thomas Bransby who settled in Virginia in 1623; William Bransby settled in Virginia in 1635; Daniel Bransbury settled in Jamaica in 1692.