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Early Origins of the Brayley family

The surname Brayley was first found in Worcestershire where Walter de Brayly was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1275. Much later, John Brailey and William Brayley were found in Devon in 1642. And it is here that one source claims the name is from Brayley Barton in East Buckland. [1]

This place name dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was known as Bredelia. [2] In 1166, it was known as Brailega, but by 1242 Braylegh was the preferred entry for the place name in ancient rolls. Literally, the place name means "clearing by the river Bray." [3]

Early History of the Brayley family

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Brayley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Brayly, Braylie, Bralie, Braily, Brulye, Bralye, Braille, Braile, Brealey and many more.

Early Notables of the Brayley family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • Edward Wedlake Brayley, the Elder (1773-1854), English topographer and archæologist, born in the parish of Lambeth, Surrey, in 1773, who was apprenticed to one of the most eminent practitioners of the...
  • Edward William Brayley, the Younger (1802-1870), was a writer on science, eldest son of Edward Wedlake Brayley the Elder, was born in London in 1802. He was educated, together with his brothers Henry...

United States Brayley migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brayley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Eliza Brayley, who settled in Virginia in 1689
Brayley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nicholas Brayley, a bonded passenger, who was sent to America in 1735
Brayley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Brayley, who arrived in New York in 1835 [4]

Australia Brayley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Brayley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Richard Brayley, English convict who was convicted in Bristol, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baring" in December 1818, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]

West Indies Brayley migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [6]
Brayley Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Brayley, who settled in Jamaica in 1658

Contemporary Notables of the name Brayley (post 1700) +

  • Albert "Bertie" Brayley (b. 1981), English football player who plays as a striker for Hullbridge Sports
  • Edward Wedlake Brayley the Elder (1773-1854), English antiquary and topographer, born in the parish of Lambeth, Surrey [7]
  • John Desmond Brayley MC DL (1917-1977), Baron Brayley, Welsh-born, British Army officer and businessman, Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London in 1970, Justice of the Peace for Middlesex, Freeman of the City of London
  • Edward William Brayley the Younger (1801-1870), British geographer, librarian, and science writer, eponym of the Brayley lunar crater [7]
  • Herbert Brayley Collett CMG DSO (1877-1947), Australian politician from St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Senator for Western Australia (1933-1947); he and his family arrived in Western Australia in October 1884

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. 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)
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from
  7. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019 on Facebook