Show ContentsBrazzell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Many variations of the name Brazzell 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 Brazzell family

The surname Brazzell 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 Brazzell family

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Brazzell Spelling Variations

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Brazzell 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 Brazzell family (pre 1700)

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United States Brazzell migration to the United States +

During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Brazzell family in North America:

Brazzell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ann Brazzell, who arrived in New York in 1898 aboard the ship "Teutonic" from Liverpool, England [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Brazzell (post 1700) +

  • Tim Brazzell, American sound technician, known for his work on Euphorium: Genesis (2019), Soul Custody (2020) and The Last Avatar (2014)
  • Kim Brazzell, American genetic scientist at the Department of Genetic Therapy, A Novartis Company, Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Chris Brazzell (b. 1976), American former football wide receiver in the Canadian Football League who played from 1998 to 2017
  • Karen Brazzell, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 2004 [2]
  • Eugene T. Brazzell, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Thirteenth Suffolk District, 1905 [2]

  1. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from on Facebook