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Among the all the peoples of ancient Scotland, the first to use the name Brathwaite were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for someone who lived in any of the places so named in Cumberland or Yorkshire. This place-name derived from the Old Norse words for a broad clearing.

Brathwaite Early Origins



The surname Brathwaite was first found in Cumberland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Brathwaite Spelling Variations


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Brathwaite Spelling Variations



The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Brathwaite has appeared as Brathwaite, Brathwait, Braithwaite, Braithwait and many more.

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Brathwaite Early History


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Brathwaite Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brathwaite research. Another 251 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1185, 1185, 1588 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Brathwaite History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brathwaite Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brathwaite Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brathwaite Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Brathwaite Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Matthew Brathwaite, who arrived in America in 1760-1763

Brathwaite Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Ann Brathwaite, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brathwaite (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brathwaite (post 1700)



  • Stephen Brathwaite (b. 1949), Canadian actor and puppeteer best known for his puppet work in the children's series Under the Umbrella Tree
  • Normand Brathwaite (b. 1958), Quebec comedian, movie and television actor
  • Ryan Brathwaite (b. 1988), Olympic track and field athlete from Barbados
  • Sir Nicholas Alexander Brathwaite (b. 1925), Prime Minister of Grenada from 1983 to 1984 and from 1990 to 1995
  • Fredrick "Fred" Brathwaite (b. 1972), Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender
  • Errol Brathwaite (1924-2005), New Zealand author

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    2. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    3. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
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    The Brathwaite Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brathwaite Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 5 May 2016 at 01:39.

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