Brakenberray is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in Lincolnshire
, where they derived their name from Brackenbury, a parish near Louth.
Early Origins of the Brakenberray family
The surname Brakenberray was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
, some say well before the invasion of Duke William of Normandy
at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Brakenberray family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brakenberray research.Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1300 and 1485 are included under the topic Early Brakenberray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brakenberray Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Brakenberray family name include Brackenbury, Brackenborough, Brackenberry and others.
Early Notables of the Brakenberray family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Anthony Brackenbury of Thorpe Hall; and Sir Robert Brackenbury (died 1485), a younger son of Thomas Brackenbury of Denton, of an ancient Durham... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brakenberray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Brakenberray family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Brakenberray surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Richard Brackenbury, who settled in Salem Mass, in about 1628; as did William Brackenbury, (presumably his brother or son). Another early immigrant was John Brackenbury, who arrived in Boston in 1657..
The Brakenberray Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Sans recuiller jamais
Motto Translation: Without ever receding.