Brass History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Brass dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in Brace, a parish in the county of Hereford.

Early Origins of the Brass family

The surname Brass 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 of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Brass family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brass research. Another 212 words (15 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 Brass History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brass Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Brass have been found, including Brace, Braice, Brayce, Brass, Braz, Brase, Bras, Brasse and many more.

Early Notables of the Brass family (pre 1700)

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United States Brass migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Brass, or a variant listed above:

Brass Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mary Brass, who arrived in Maryland in 1648 [1]
  • Demingo Brass, who landed in Virginia in 1663 [1]
  • Alice Brass, who arrived in Maryland in 1663 [1]
Brass Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Alice Brass who arrived in Virginia in 1635 and Daniel Brass in Pennsylvania in 1725
  • Thomas Brass, aged 25, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1774 [1]
Brass Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Brass, who arrived in Twillingate in 1810
  • Gerh Heinr Lambert Brass, who landed in America in 1834 [1]
  • Diego Brass, who landed in Spanish Main in 1838 [1]
  • David Brass, who arrived in New York in 1843 [1]
  • William Brass, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1877 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Brass migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brass Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Brass, who settled in Quidi Vidi, Newfoundland in 1753 [2]
Brass Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • George Brass, who landed in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1806 [2]

Australia Brass migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Brass Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Brass, aged 37, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"

New Zealand Brass migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Brass Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Brass, aged 21, a farm labourer, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
  • Peter Brass, aged 19, a farm labourer, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Brass (post 1700) +

  • John Brass (1790-1833), English educational writer, educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he obtained a fellowship in 1811 [3]
  • Christopher Paul "Chris" Brass (b. 1975), English footballer and manager
  • Giovanni "Tinto" Brass (b. 1933), Italian film-maker, director, writer
  • Italico Brass (1870-1943), Italian painter
  • Leonard John Brass (1900-1971), Australian botanical collector and explorer
  • Brass Crosby (1725-1793), Lord Mayor of London, born at Stockton-upon-Tees on 8 May 1725, son of Hercules Crosby and his wife, Mary, daughter and coheiress of John Brass of Blackhalls, Hesilden, Durham [4]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019
  4. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020


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