Braz is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in Brace, a parish in the county of Hereford.
Early Origins of the Braz family
The surname Braz was first found in Herefordshire
, where this distinguished Welsh/English border family held a family seat
for many centuries, probably well before the Norman Conquest
by Duke William of Normandy
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Braz family
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Braz Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Braz family name include Brace, Braice, Brayce, Brass, Braz, Brase, Bras, Brasse and many more.
Early Notables of the Braz family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Braz family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Braz surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Elizabeth Brace settled in Virginia in 1623 along with Stephen, her husband; Giles Brace arrived in Barbados in 1663 after moving to Virginia; John Brace settled in Virginia in 1654.
Contemporary Notables of the name Braz (post 1700)
- Loalwa Braz (1953-2017), Brazilian singer and songwriter
- Nei Braz Lopes (b. 1942), Brazilian singer, composer, lawyer, writer and historian