The history of the Brasay family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Cheshire
. The name, however, refers to the family's residence in the town of Brecy
in the Caen region of France prior their emigration at the time of the Norman Conquest
"The Cheshire family had many branches, from one of which descend the Brasseys now existing, and Brassey the eminent engineer." CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Early Origins of the Brasay family
The surname Brasay was first found in Cheshire
, where they held a family seat
after the Norman Conquest
in the 11th century. The name was originally associated with the town of Brecy in the Caen region of France.
Further to the north in Scotland, Bressay, Burra, and Quarff is a parish in the county of Orkney and Shetland. "The island of Bressay, which is nearly six miles long, and varies in breadth from two to three miles." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Brasay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brasay research.Another 346 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1270, 1273, 1369, 1570, 1642, 1663, 1805, 1805 and 1870 are included under the topic Early Brasay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brasay Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Brassey, Brassy, Brecy, Braceio, Bresci, Braci, Bracy, Brassye and many more.
Early Notables of the Brasay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brasay family to Ireland
Some of the Brasay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Brasay family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Brasay or a variant listed above were: Thomas Brassey who arrived in Delaware in 1682.