The name Breakspeare is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Breakspeare was a name used for a person who is victor in a tournament or battle.
Early Origins of the Breakspeare family
The surname Breakspeare was first found in Buckinghamshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Breakspeare family
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Breakspeare Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Breakspeare include Brakespear, Breakspear, Brakespeare, Breakspeare and others.
Early Notables of the Breakspeare family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Breakspeare family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Breakspeare were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Breakspeare Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Jane Breakspeare who settled in New England in 1773