Brazel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Many variations of the name Brazel have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as O Breasail, possibly from the word bres, which means strife.

Early Origins of the Brazel family

The surname Brazel was first found in County Armagh (Irish: Ard Mhacha) located in the province of Ulster in present day Northern Ireland, where they held a family seat from ancient times. They were descended from Fiachrach Casan, the progenitor of the Clann Brassil, he was the son of King Colla da Crioch, one of Ireland's greatest kings, who was banished to the Hebrides in 327 A.D. after losing his fight for the High Kingship for all Ireland. Colla da Crioch returned to Ireland in 357.

Early History of the Brazel family

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Brazel Spelling Variations

Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Brazel are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Brassil, Brassell, Brassilagh, Breasal, Brazil, Brazell, Braslan and many more.

Early Notables of the Brazel family (pre 1700)

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Canada Brazel migration to Canada +

A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Brazel or a variant listed above:

Brazel Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Brazel from Bray in County Wicklow, Ireland settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1817 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Brazel (post 1700) +

  • William "Mac" Brazel, American nephew of Jesse Wayne Brazel; he allegedly found strange debris on his ranch some 70 miles northwest of Roswell in July 1947
  • Jesse Wayne Brazel (1876-1913), American Old West ranch hand who fatally shot former lawman Pat Garrett, renowned for killing Billy the Kid
  • James Brazel, Australian jurist, Judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia


  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0


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