The earliest origins of the Brakespeare surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a person who is victor in a tournament or battle.
Early Origins of the Brakespeare family
The surname Brakespeare 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 Brakespeare family
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Brakespeare Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Brakespeare are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Brakespeare include: Brakespear, Breakspear, Brakespeare, Breakspeare and others.
Early Notables of the Brakespeare family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brakespeare family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Brakespeare or a variant listed above: Jane Breakspeare who settled in New England