Brasgirdle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The origins of the Brasgirdle surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name Brasgirdle began when someone in that family worked as a maker of breech-girdles. The first portion of the surname is derived from the Old English word brec, which in turn comes from the Old French word braie, which means breeches. The second portion of the name comes from the Old English word gyrdel, which means girdle. 
Early Origins of the Brasgirdle family
The surname Brasgirdle was first found in Cheshire. "The Bracegirdles were an old Cheadle family, one of the members being rector of Billing, Northamptonshire, in the reign of Elizabeth. The name is at present most at home in the Knutsford district, but is still to be found in Cheadle." 
Early History of the Brasgirdle family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brasgirdle research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1556, 1541, 1649, 1620, 1749, 1613, 1560, 1569, 1663, 1748 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Brasgirdle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brasgirdle Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Brasgirdle has appeared include Bracegirdle, Bracegerdle, Brasgirdle and others.
Early Notables of the Brasgirdle family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Bracegirdle (d. c. 1613), an English poet, supposed to have been a son of John Bracegirdle, vicar of Stratford-upon-Avon from 1560 to 1569.
Anne Bracegirdle (1663?-1748), was one of the most popular and brilliant of English actresses, born about 1663, presumably in one of the midland counties. One source...
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Migration of the Brasgirdle family
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Brasgirdle arrived in North America very early: John Bracegirdle, who settled in New England in 1774.
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- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.