Show ContentsBraswell 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

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

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Braswell Ranking

In the United States, the name Braswell is the 2,008th most popular surname with an estimated 14,922 people with that name. 2

United States Braswell migration to the United States +

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 3
  • William Gaston Braswell, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1922 aboard the ship "Pipestone County" from Aviles, Spain 3
  • Otis Braswell, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1922 aboard the ship "Munargo" from Nassau and Antilla, Cuba 3
  • Andrew R. Braswell, aged 25, arrived in Perth Amboy, N.J. in 1924 aboard the ship "West Saginaw" from St. Vincent, Cape Verde Island 3

Contemporary Notables of the name Braswell (post 1700) +

  • Jimmy G. "Tony" Braswell (1944-2024), American businessman and politician
  • Arnold Webb Braswell (1925-2022), American Air Force lieutenant general and command pilot who was commander in chief of Pacific Air Forces
  • 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 Democratic Party politician, U.S. Representative from Georgia 8th District, 1933-39; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1940 4

Suggested Readings for the name Braswell +

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

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from on Facebook