name Braycewell comes from the family having resided in Yorkshire
, where they took their name from the village of Bracewell which was originally in the West Riding of Yorkshire, but now in Lancashire
. The name was originally rendered in the Old English form Breiorwella,
which meant the dweller at the broad-well,
and would have been used to denote residence near the village well.
Early Origins of the Braycewell family
The surname Braycewell was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire
at Bracewell and Brogden a civil parish. Bracewell dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Braisuelle, land held by Roger de Poitou. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Early History of the Braycewell family
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Braycewell Spelling Variations
Braycewell has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Bracewell, Braycewell, Brasswell, Brasewell and others.
Early Notables of the Braycewell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Braycewell family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Braycewells to arrive on North American shores: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.