Brawney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Brawney family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from Hildebrand,, an Old Norman name which means fiery sword.
Early Origins of the Brawney family
The surname Brawney was first found in Surrey 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 Brawney family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brawney research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1604 is included under the topic Early Brawney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brawney Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Brawney include Brawne, Brawn, Brawnes and others.
Early Notables of the Brawney family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Brawney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Brawney family to Ireland
Some of the Brawney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the Brawney family
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Brawney were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Peter Brawn who settled in Philadelphia in 1741; Michael Brawne settled in New Hampshire in 1630; Blanch Brawnes settled in Virginia in 1635.