The ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Brakespear family have grown. The name Brakespear was given to a member of the family who was a person who is victor in a tournament or battle.
Early Origins of the Brakespear family
The surname Brakespear was first found in Buckinghamshire
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 Brakespear family
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Brakespear 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 Brakespear family name include Brakespear, Breakspear, Brakespeare, Breakspeare and others.
Early Notables of the Brakespear family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brakespear family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, 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 Brakespear surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Jane Breakspeare who settled in New England