Origins Available: Italian
Early Origins of the Brave family
The surname Brave was first found in Padua (Italian: Padova, Latin: Patavium, Venetian: Padoa), on the Bacchiglione River, capital of the province of Padua. In 1175, the citizens elected the D'Este family as podesta but in 1275 Frederick II took over. The powerful families of D'Este, Camposampiero and Da Romano were the large influences. The city is rich in art, museums and galleries. Many churches exhibit works of the masters. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry. The name Bravo was recorded from about the 13th century but records are sketchy.
Early History of the Brave family
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Early Notables of the Brave family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brave family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alonso Bravo, who arrived in "New Spain" between 1553-1554; Antonio Bravo, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860; Luis Pardo Bravo, who came to Puerto Rico in 1888.