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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
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
- Henry Brake, who landed in Virginia in 1648
- Elizabeth Brake, who arrived in Maryland in 1658
- John Brake, who arrived in Maryland in 1665
- Thomas Brake, who landed in Maryland in 1674
- Abraham Brake, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1682
Brake Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Jasper Brake, aged 40, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748
Brake Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Aartje VanDer Brake, who landed in Iowa in 1857
- Evertje VanDer Brake, who landed in Iowa in 1857
- Mrs. G VanDer Brake, who arrived in lowa in 1857
- Gerrit VanDer Brake, who landed in Iowa in 1857
- Hannis VanDer Brake, who arrived in Iowa in 1857
Brake Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Henry Brake arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839
- Richard Brake (b. 1964), Welsh/American actor
- Colin Brake (b. 1962), English television writer and script editor
- Patricia Brake (b. 1945), English television actress
- Thomas Anthony Brake (b. 1962), British Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament
- Brian Brake (1927-1988), New Zealand photographer who helped establish the New Zealand Centre for Photography
- Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
- Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
- Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
- Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
- Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
- Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
- Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
- Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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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