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
. This place-name derived from the Old Norse words for a broad clearing.
Early Origins of the Brathwaite family
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.
Early History of the Brathwaite family
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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.
Early Notables of the Brathwaite family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brathwaite family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
Contemporary Notables of the name Brathwaite (post 1700)
- Sir Nicholas Alexander Brathwaite OBE (1925-2016), Grenadian politician, Prime Minister (1990–1995), Chairman of the Interim Advisory Council (1983–1984)
- 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
- Fredrick "Fred" Brathwaite (b. 1972), Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender
- Errol Brathwaite (1924-2005), New Zealand author