The ancestry of the name Breacewall dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived 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 Breacewall family
The surname Breacewall 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 Breacewall family
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Breacewall Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Breacewall have been found, including Bracewell, Braycewell, Brasswell, Brasewell and others.
Early Notables of the Breacewall family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Breacewall family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Breacewall, or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.