Brasco History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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In ancient Scotland, Brasco was a Strathclyde-Briton name for someone who lived in Briscoe in Scotland. The name Brasco is a habitational name, derived from a few sources. One source shows the name is derived from the Old Norse word Bretaskógr, which means, wood of the Britons. The second source shows that it may also be derived from the Old Norse words birki and stógr, which mean birch wood.
Early Origins of the Brasco family
The surname Brasco was first found in Briscoe, near Carlisle where the family were seated for three generations before the reign of Edward III. Later in Crofton in Cumbria (formerly Cumberland) and at Birkskeugh, in the parish of Newbiggan, were the ancestral homes of the family since 1390.  One of the first records of the name in Cumberland was Isold de Briskow. Later William Brys(k)how was listed in Yorkshire in 1410. 
Early History of the Brasco family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brasco research. Another 245 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1590, 1332, 1845, 1606, 1688, 1654, 1659, 1588, 1656 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Brasco History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brasco Spelling Variations
Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. Brasco has been spelled Brisco, Briscoe, Briscowe, Briscow, Briskoe, Briskcoe, Briskcow, Briskow, Briskowe, Bresco, Brescoe and many more.
Early Notables of the Brasco family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brasco family to Ireland
Some of the Brasco family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 130 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brasco migration to the United States +
In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them:
Brasco Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Felice Brasco, aged 50, arrived in New York, New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Anglia" from Palermo and Naples 
Brasco Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Angelo Brasco, aged 17, originally from Roccamonfia, arrived in New York in 1901 aboard the ship "Liguria" from Napoli, Italy 
Contemporary Notables of the name Brasco (post 1700) +
- James J. "Jim" Brasco (1931-2014), American NBA basketball player who played from 1952 to 1953
- Frank James Brasco (1932-1998), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York (1967-1975)
- Miguel Brascó (1926-2014), Argentine writer, poet, humorist, cartoonist, editor and wine critic
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The Brasco Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Grata sume manu
Motto Translation: Take with a grateful hand.
- ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6PY-X29 : 6 December 2014), Felice Brasco, 30 Apr 1892; citing departure port Palermo and Naples, arrival port New York, New York, ship name Anglia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFJ9-R38 : 6 December 2014), Angelo Brasco, 26 Dec 1901; citing departure port Napoli, arrival port New York, ship name Liguria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).