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Many variations of the name Brazil have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as O Breasail, possibly from the word bres, which means strife.
The surname Brazil 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.
The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Brazil were encountered in the archives: Brassil, Brassell, Brassilagh, Breasal, Brazil, Brazell, Braslan and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brazil research. Another 288 words (21 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brazil History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Brazil Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Brazil family came to North America quite early:
Brazil Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Brazil Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Brazil Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Brazil Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Brazil Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brazil Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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