Brazelton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Many variations of the name Brazelton 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 Brazelton family

The surname Brazelton 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 Brazelton family

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Brazelton Spelling Variations

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Brazelton were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Brassil, Brassell, Brassilagh, Breasal, Brazil, Brazell, Braslan and many more.

Early Notables of the Brazelton family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Brazelton family

The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute due to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United States and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Brazelton family relocated to North American shores quite early: Daniel Brassell who arrived in New York State in 1756; Patrick Brazell arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1838; Thomas Breslin settled in Virginia in 1765.

Contemporary Notables of the name Brazelton (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Berry Brazelton (1918-2018), American pediatrician and author from Waco, Texas who developed the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale
  • William Whitney Brazelton (d. 1878), American outlaw and stage coach robber of the Wild West who was alleged to have committed nine stage robberies in Arizona and New Mexico; he was killed by a five-man posse and photographed twice, first wearing his mask and then unmasked before he was buried
  • Tyrone Brazelton (b. 1986), American professional basketball player
  • Kitty Brazelton (b. 1951), American vocalist, composer, flutist, lead singer, and bandleader
  • Dewon Cortez Brazelton (b. 1980), American former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 2002 to 2006
  • W. P. Brazelton, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1856 [1]
  • Osborne T. Brazelton, American Republican politician, Mayor of Princeton, Indiana, 1930-35 [1]
  • L. W. Brazelton, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wyoming, 1964 [1]
  • Edgar Brazelton, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 4th District, 1952 [1]
  • Ralph Brazelton Peck (1912-2008), American civil engineer specializing in soil mechanics

  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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