The surname Brayfield was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1185 when Leofric de Brayfield held estates in that shire. They held a family seat at Cold Brayfield.
Important Dates for the Brayfield family
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Brayfield Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Brayfield, Brafield, Braysfield, Brasfield and others.
Early Notables of the Brayfield family (pre 1700)
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Brayfield migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Brayfield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Susanna Brayfield, who settled in Maryland in 1665
Brayfield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
John Brayfield, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1772
Brayfield Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
George W. Brayfield, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1911
Henry Brayfield, aged 33, who settled in America from London, England, in 1915
Thomas H. G. Brayfield, aged 40, who landed in America from London, England, in 1919
Dorothy Brayfield, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States from Wallasey, England, in 1924
Contemporary Notables of the name Brayfield (post 1700)
E. E. Brayfield, American politician, Mayor of Du Quoin, Illinois, 1923-24 
Celia Brayfield (b. 1945), English author, journalist and cultural commentator