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