Brayshay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestry of the name Brayshay can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a name for a worker in brass. 
Early Origins of the Brayshay family
The surname Brayshay 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. 
Early History of the Brayshay family
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Brayshay Spelling Variations
Brayshay 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. Many variations of the name Brayshay have been found, including Brazier, Brasier, Braser, Brazer and others.
Early Notables of the Brayshay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brayshay family to Ireland
Some of the Brayshay 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.
Migration of the Brayshay family
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 Brayshays to arrive on North American shores: Captain Richard Brazier, one of the earliest settlers in the United States, who joined the Illinois Regiment and then the Crockett Regiment in the War of Independence in 1770..
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The Brayshay 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.
- ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)