Show ContentsBransby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Bransby dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in either Bransby, a hamlet in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, or Brandsby in the North Riding of Yorkshire.

Early Origins of the Bransby family

The surname Bransby was first found in Norfolk 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 Bransby family

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Bransby Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bransby have been found, including Bransby, Bransbury, Bransbey and others.

Early Notables of the Bransby family (pre 1700)

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United States Bransby migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Bransby, or a variant listed above:

Bransby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Bransby, who landed in Virginia in 1622 aboard the ship "Charity" who first stopped in New England [1]
  • WilIm Bransby, aged 34, who landed in Virginia in 1635 aboard the ship "Phillip" [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bransby (post 1700) +

  • Eric James Bransby (1916-2020), American artist and muralist from Auburn, New York
  • Bruce Bransby, American double-bassist and Professor of Double Bass at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington
  • James Hews Bransby (1783-1847), English Unitarian minister
  • Lawrence Bransby (b. 1951), South African author, best known for his book Downstreet which highlighted the racial prejudice of individuals for which he was awarded the MER Prize
  • M Fraser Bransby, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Dundee (1999-)
  • David Bransby, Professor of Agronomy at Auburn University (1990-)

  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) on Facebook