The ancestors of the bearers of the Brazewell family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in Yorkshire
, where they took their name from the village of Bracewell which was originally in the West Riding of Yorkshire, but now in Lancashire
. The name was originally rendered in the Old English form Breiorwella,
which meant the dweller at the broad-well,
and would have been used to denote residence near the village well.
Early Origins of the Brazewell family
The surname Brazewell was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire
at Bracewell and Brogden a civil parish. Bracewell dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Braisuelle, land held by Roger de Poitou. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Early History of the Brazewell family
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Brazewell Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Brazewell include Bracewell, Braycewell, Brasswell, Brasewell and others.
Early Notables of the Brazewell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brazewell family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Brazewell or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.