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Brake is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived near a newly cultivated piece of land. The surname Brake is derived from the Old English word bręc.
The surname Brake was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat at Breche as Lords of the manor, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
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. Brake has been recorded under many different variations, including Breach, Brech, Britch and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brake research. Another 262 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brake History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Brake Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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 Brake or a variant listed above:
Brake Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Brake Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Brake Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Brake Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Brake Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brake 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.
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