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Braswell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancient roots of the Braswell family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Braswell comes from when the family lived in Yorkshire, where they took their name from the village of Bracewell which was originally in the West Riding of Yorkshire, but now in Lancashire. The name was originally rendered in the Old English form Breiorwella, which meant the dweller at the broad-well, and would have been used to denote residence near the village well.

Early Origins of the Braswell family


The surname Braswell was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire at Bracewell and Brogden a civil parish. Bracewell dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Braisuelle, land held by Roger de Poitou. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Early History of the Braswell family


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Braswell Spelling Variations


One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Braswell has appeared include Bracewell, Braycewell, Brasswell, Brasewell and others.

Early Notables of the Braswell family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Braswell family to the New World and Oceana


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Braswell arrived in North America very early:

Braswell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Joel Braswell, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Joseph Seep" from Hamburg, Germany [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6HZ-VX9 : 6 December 2014), Joel Braswell, 15 Dec 1920; citing departure port Hamburg, arrival port New York, ship name Joseph Seep, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • William Gaston Braswell, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1922 aboard the ship "Pipestone County" from Aviles, Spain [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN3X-L3F : 6 December 2014), William Gaston Braswell, 16 Jan 1922; citing departure port Aviles, Spain, arrival port New-York, ship name Pipestone County, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Otis Braswell, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1922 aboard the ship "Munargo" from Nassau and Antilla, Cuba [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN3F-453 : 6 December 2014), Otis Braswell, 18 Jan 1922; citing departure port Nassau and Antilla, Cuba, arrival port New York, ship name Munargo, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Andrew R. Braswell, aged 25, arrived in Perth Amboy, N.J. in 1924 aboard the ship "West Saginaw" from St. Vincent, Cape Verde Island [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNWS-QNR : 6 December 2014), Andrew R. Braswell, 07 Dec 1924; citing departure port St. Vincent, Cape Verde Island, arrival port Perth Amboy, N.J., ship name West Saginaw, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Contemporary Notables of the name Braswell (post 1700)


  • Kevin Lavelle Braswell (b. 1979), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Elizabeth J Braswell, English-born, American author of young adult books
  • Donald Braswell Sr (b. 1929), American classical crossover and musical theater tenor
  • Donald Braswell II (b. 1963), American actor, classical crossover tenor and composer
  • Bobby Braswell, American college basketball coach for Cal State Northridge
  • Braswell Drue Deen (1893-1981), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Georgia 8th District, 1933-39; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1940 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

Suggested Readings for the name Braswell


  • Following the Braswells on the Move Westward in America, 1600-1973 by Roy Bennett Braswell.

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Citations


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6HZ-VX9 : 6 December 2014), Joel Braswell, 15 Dec 1920; citing departure port Hamburg, arrival port New York, ship name Joseph Seep, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN3X-L3F : 6 December 2014), William Gaston Braswell, 16 Jan 1922; citing departure port Aviles, Spain, arrival port New-York, ship name Pipestone County, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN3F-453 : 6 December 2014), Otis Braswell, 18 Jan 1922; citing departure port Nassau and Antilla, Cuba, arrival port New York, ship name Munargo, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNWS-QNR : 6 December 2014), Andrew R. Braswell, 07 Dec 1924; citing departure port St. Vincent, Cape Verde Island, arrival port Perth Amboy, N.J., ship name West Saginaw, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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