Brashaw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Brashaw is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a worker in brass. [1]

Early Origins of the Brashaw family

The surname Brashaw was first found in Somerset. However, one of the first record of the family was found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 as Richard de Brazur in Shropshire. [2]

Early History of the Brashaw family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brashaw research. Another 84 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 132 and 1327 are included under the topic Early Brashaw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brashaw Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Brashaw include Brazier, Brasier, Braser, Brazer and others.

Early Notables of the Brashaw family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Brashaw family to Ireland

Some of the Brashaw family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Brashaw migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Brashaw were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Brashaw Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Christopher Brashaw, who arrived in Maryland in 1679 [3]


The Brashaw 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: Amor patriae
Motto Translation: Love of my country.


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ 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)


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