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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Brassey family 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 of 1066.

Brassey Early Origins



The surname Brassey 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.

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Brassey Spelling Variations


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Brassey Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Brassey, Brassy, Brecy, Braceio, Bresci, Braci, Bracy, Brassye and many more.

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Brassey Early History


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Brassey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brassey research. Another 459 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1270, 1273, 1369, 1570, 1642, 1663, 1805, 1805 and 1870 are included under the topic Early Brassey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brassey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brassey Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Brassey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Brassey or a variant listed above:

Brassey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Brassey settled in Massachusetts in 1620
  • Thomas Brassey settled in Delaware in 1682
  • Thomas Brassey who arrived in Delaware in 1682
  • Thomas Brassey, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brassey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brassey (post 1700)



  • David Henry Brassey, English peer, 3rd Baron of Apethorpe
  • Thomas Brassey (1805-1870), English railway contractor
  • Henry Leonard Campbell Brassey (1870-1958), English Politician, Member of the UK Parliament, created 1st Baron Brassey of Apethorpe in 1938
  • Thomas Brassey (1836-1918), English Politician, Governor of Victoria, created 1st Earl Brassey in 1911
  • Sir Hugh Trefusis Brassey, British soldier, High Sheriff of Wiltshire, Aide-de-Camp to Queen Elizabeth II from 1964 to 1969
  • Thomas Allnutt Brassey, British peer and soldier, 2nd Earl Brassey

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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    The Brassey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brassey Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 10 April 2014 at 15:43.

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