Brayer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The many generations and branches of the Brayer family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a maker or seller of pestles.

Early Origins of the Brayer family

The surname Brayer was first found in Kent, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Brayer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brayer research. Another 204 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1198, 1273, 1301, 1327 and 1500 are included under the topic Early Brayer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brayer Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Brayer were recorded, including Brayer, Brayor, Braeir, Broyer, Brayere, Brayore and others.

Early Notables of the Brayer family (pre 1700)

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Brayer migration to the United States

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Brayer family emigrate to North America:

Brayer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Brayer, who landed in Maryland in 1665 [1]
Brayer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • W Brayer, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Count Of Brayer, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1857 [1]

Brayer migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brayer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Michael Brayer who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1751

Contemporary Notables of the name Brayer (post 1700)

  • Michel Silvestre Brayer, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [2]
  • Dr. Gary D Brayer, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of British Columbia

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Michel Brayer. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
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