The name Bras is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Brace, a parish in the county of Hereford.
Early Origins of the Bras family
The surname Bras was first found in Herefordshire
, where this distinguished Welsh/English border family held a family seat
for many centuries, probably well before the Norman Conquest
by Duke William of Normandy
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Bras family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bras research.Another 423 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1218, 1273, 1327, 1379, 1440, 1581, 1697, 1824, 1833, 1816, 1578, 1604, 1611, 1790 and 1833 are included under the topic Early Bras History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bras 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. Bras has been spelled many different ways, including Brace, Braice, Brayce, Brass, Braz, Brase, Bras, Brasse and many more.
Early Notables of the Bras family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bras family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Bras Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Nicolas Bras, who arrived in Canada in 1645
Bras Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Margaret Bras, aged 24, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"
Contemporary Notables of the name Bras (post 1700)
- Edgar A. Bras (1841-1923), American soldier who fought in the American Civil War who was awarded the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the Battle of Spanish Fort in Alabama on 8 April 1865
- Gabriel Le Bras (1891-1970), French legal scholar and sociologist
- Hervé Le Bras (b. 1943), French historian and mathematician, Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge since 2002, Knight of the Legion of Honour
- Rafael Luis Bras (b. 1950), Puerto Rican civil engineer, known for his contributions in soil-vegetation-atmosphere system modeling, awarded the Robert E. Horton Medal and the National Academy of Engineering medal
- Jean-Claude Bras (b. 1945), French former professional footballer who played from 1964 to 1979, member of the France National Team (1969-1970)
- David Le Bras (b. 1983), French football player
- Juan Mari Brás (1927-2010), Puerto Rican advocate for Puerto Rican independence from the United States
- Martine Bras (b. 1978), Dutch former road cyclist who competed at the 2012 UCI Road World Championships
- Michel Bras (b. 1946), French chef, owner and head chef restaurant Bras