Origins Available: English
The name Brassfield is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in Brace, a parish in the county of Hereford.
Early Origins of the Brassfield family
The surname Brassfield 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
by Duke William of Normandy
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Brassfield family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brassfield research.Another 423 words (30 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 Brassfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brassfield Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Brassfield are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Brassfield include: Brace, Braice, Brayce, Brass, Braz, Brase, Bras, Brasse and many more.
Early Notables of the Brassfield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brassfield family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Brassfield or a variant listed above: Elizabeth Brace settled in Virginia in 1623 along with Stephen, her husband; Giles Brace arrived in Barbados in 1663 after moving to Virginia; John Brace settled in Virginia in 1654.
Contemporary Notables of the name Brassfield (post 1700)
- Charles Darin Brassfield (b. 1960), former American racing driver from Los Gatos, California