Brazell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Many variations of the name Brazell 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 Brazell family

The surname Brazell 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 Brazell family

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Brazell Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of the surname Brazell can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Brassil, Brassell, Brassilagh, Breasal, Brazil, Brazell, Braslan and many more.

Early Notables of the Brazell family (pre 1700)

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United States Brazell migration to the United States +

A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Brazell name:

Brazell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Brazell, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1838

Canada Brazell migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brazell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Brazell, who settled in Spaniard's Bay, Newfoundland in 1871 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Brazell (post 1700) +

  • Karen Brazell (1938-2012), American professor and translator of Japanese literature
  • Craig Walter Brazell (b. 1980), American professional baseball player
  • Bennie Brazell (b. 1982), American football wide receiver
  • Gloria Brazell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 2000 [2]
  • E. J. Brazell, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1916 [2]
  • Robert Brazell (b. 1952), professional Australian rules footballer


  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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