Brayshaw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Brayshaw name was originally an Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a worker in brass. [1]

Early Origins of the Brayshaw family

The surname Brayshaw was first found in Somerset. However, one of the first record of the family was found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 as Richard de Brazur in Shropshire. [2]

Early History of the Brayshaw family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brayshaw research. Another 84 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 132 and 1327 are included under the topic Early Brayshaw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brayshaw Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Brayshaw has undergone many spelling variations, including Brazier, Brasier, Braser, Brazer and others.

Early Notables of the Brayshaw family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Brayshaw family to Ireland

Some of the Brayshaw family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Brayshaw migration to Australia +

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

Brayshaw Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Brayshaw, British Convict who was convicted in York, England for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 20th July 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]

New Zealand Brayshaw migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Brayshaw Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Brayshaw, (b. 1851), aged 27, English mason from Yorkshire departing on 10th August 1878 aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 9th November 1878, he died in 1912
  • Miss Sarah J. Brayshaw (née Danby), (b. 1859), aged 19, English settler from Yorkshire departing on 10th August 1878 aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 9th November 1878, she died in 1935

Contemporary Notables of the name Brayshaw (post 1700) +

  • Willie Brayshaw Yeadon (1907-1997), British railway historian and author, known for his "Yeadon's Register of LNER Locomotives" and other works


The Brayshaw Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Amor patriae
Motto Translation: Love of my country.


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th February 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1837


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