Brassington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Brassington family

The surname Brassington was first found in Derbyshire at Brassington, a village and civil parish in the Derbyshire Dales district which dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed at that time as Branzinctun. [1] The place name literally means "estate associated with a man called Brandsige," from the Old English personal name + "-ing" + "tun." [2] Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Brassington, Henry de Ferrers, a Norman Baron who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Henry was seigneur of St.Hillaire de Ferrers near Bernay in Normandy. [3]

Early History of the Brassington family

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Brassington Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Brassington, Brassinton, Brasington, Brasinton, Bressington and many more.

Early Notables of the Brassington family (pre 1700)

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United States Brassington migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brassington Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Brassington, who settled in America in 1749
Brassington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J. Brassington, who arrived in Baltimore in 1820
  • Thomas Brassington, who settled in New York in 1830

Canada Brassington migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brassington Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Letelia Brassington, who settled in Toronto in 1871

New Zealand Brassington 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:

Brassington Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Brassington, (b. 1840), aged 23, British mason travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Brothers Pride" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 8th December 1863 [4]
  • Mrs. Ellen Brassington, (b. 1842), aged 21, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Brothers Pride" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 8th December 1863 [4]
  • Miss Florence Brassington, (b. 1860), aged 3, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Brothers Pride" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 8th December 1863 [4]
  • Miss Mary Ellen Brassington, (b. 1862), aged 1, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Brothers Pride" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 8th December 1863 [4]
  • George J. Brassington, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
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Contemporary Notables of the name Brassington (post 1700) +

  • Andrew Mark Brassington (b. 1954), English former cricketer who played first-class cricket over 15 seasons for Gloucestershire from 1974 to 1988
  • Phillip Brassington (b. 1970), Australian Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher, member of the Australian national baseball team in 1996
  • Samuel John Brassington (1901-1950), Australian politician, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland for Balonne from 1927 to 1932, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland from 1944 to 1950
  • William Brassington (1837-1905), New Zealand stonemason and sculptor, responsible for many of Christchurch's Gothic revival buildings
  • Christian Brassington (b. 1983), English film and television actor
  • Pat Brassington, Australian photo media artist


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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