Braybrooks History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Braybrooks is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in or near the settlement of Braybrooke in Northamptonshire.
Early Origins of the Braybrooks family
The surname Braybrooks was first found in Northampton in Braybrook(e), a parish, in the union of Market-Harborough, hundred of Rothwell.  The place name derived its name from Saxon times and the term "Brada-broc" meaning "the broad brook",  By the time of the Domesday Book of 1086, the place name had evolved to Bradebroc, Braibroc in the Pipe Rolls of 1163, and as Brabroc in the Feet of Fines of 1197.
Robert de Braibroc was a Baron by tenure temp. King John. Also known as Robert of Braybrooke or Robert le May (1168-1210), he was a medieval landowner, justice and sheriff. He was born at Braybrooke, Northamptonshire, son of justiciar Ingebald de Braybrooke. His son Henry of Braybrooke (died 1234) was an undersheriff of Rutlandshire, Buckinghamshire, and Northamptonshire. 
The family held Braybrook Castle, originally a manor home, but by the late 13th century, the estate has passed into the hands of the Latymer family.
Later, Sir Gerard Braybrooke I (c.1332-1403), of Colmworth, Bedfordshire and Horsenden, Buckinghamshire, was an English politician, Member of Parliament for Bedfordshire (1377-1390.) He had two sons: Sir Gerard Braybrooke (before 1354-1429), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Bedfordshire (1388-1399) and for Essex (1402-1417); and Sir Reynold Braybrooke (c.1356-1405), another English politician, Member of Parliament for Kent in 1404. He died from a battle wound on 20 September 1405.
Baron Braybrooke, of Braybrooke in the County of Northampton, is a title created in 1788 for John Griffin, 4th Baron Howard de Walden and has no relationship to this family.
Early History of the Braybrooks family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Braybrooks research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1390, 1404, 1381, 1382, 1382, 1383, 1394, 1397, 1356, 1405, 1404 and 1405 are included under the topic Early Braybrooks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Braybrooks Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Braybrooks are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Braybrooks include: Braybrook, Braybrooke, Brailbroc and others.
Early Notables of the Braybrooks family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Robert Braybrooke (d. 1404), medieval Dean of Salisbury and Bishop of London, nominated (1381) and consecrated in 1382, named Lord Chancellor of England in 1382, out of the...
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Migration of the Braybrooks family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Braybrooks or a variant listed above: John Braybrook who settled in New England in 1630.
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