Breakey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Breakey first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived near a newly cultivated piece of land. The surname Breakey is derived from the Old English word bræc.
Early Origins of the Breakey family
The surname Breakey was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat at Breche as Lords of the manor, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Breakey family
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Breakey Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Breakey has appeared include Breach, Brech, Britch and others.
Early Notables of the Breakey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Breakey family
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Breakey arrived in North America very early: William Breach junior who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1844; A. Breach arrived in San Francisco Cal. in 1852; Adam Brech arrived in Philadelphia in 1743.
Contemporary Notables of the name Breakey (post 1700) +
- James Ritchison Breakey Jr. (1900-1969), American Republican politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 22nd Circuit, 1945-67; Candidate for justice of Michigan State Supreme Court, 1960 
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