Brakefield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Brakefield is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived by a field near a brook. The surname Brakefield is derived from the Old English words broc, which means brook, and feld, which means field.

Early Origins of the Brakefield family

The surname Brakefield was first found in Middlesex 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 Brakefield family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brakefield research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brakefield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brakefield Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Brakefield has been spelled many different ways, including Brookefield, Brockfield, Brooksfield, Brokefield and others.

Early Notables of the Brakefield family (pre 1700)

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


United States Brakefield migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Brakefields to arrive in North America:

Brakefield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Wanda]] Brakefield, who landed in Georgia in 1745 [1]
Brakefield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Brakefield, who arrived in New York in 1838 [1]
  • John Brakefield, who landed in New York in 1838 [1]
  • Louisa Brakefield, who arrived in New York in 1838 [1]
  • Mary Brakefield, who landed in New York in 1838 [1]
  • Mary Ann Brakefield, who arrived in New York in 1838 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Brakefield (post 1700) +

  • Jim Brakefield (1919-2002), American 15th head football coach for the Appalachian State Mountaineers


  1. ^ 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)


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