Brearey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Brearey comes from the family having resided in the settlement of Brierley in Staffordshire or in Brierly in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Early Origins of the Brearey family

The surname Brearey was first found in Lancashire 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 Brearey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brearey research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brearey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brearey Spelling Variations

Brearey has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Brearly, Breary, Breereley, Breerly and others.

Early Notables of the Brearey family (pre 1700)

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United States Brearey migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Breareys to arrive on North American shores:

Brearey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • E. Brearey, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Edward J. Brearey, aged 39, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Rupert Brearey, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1894
Brearey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Fred Neaves Brearey, aged 42, who immigrated to the United States from Belfast, Ireland, in 1913
  • Robert Brearey, aged 25, who immigrated to America from Wellington, England, in 1916
  • Ellen Brearey, aged 40, who settled in America from Liverpool, England, in 1919
  • Harriet Helen Brearey, aged 56, who landed in America from Rochester, in 1922

Contemporary Notables of the name Brearey (post 1700) +

  • Peter Leslie Brearey (1939-1998), British secularist, socialist and journalist


The Brearey Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Jesus seul bon et bel
Motto Translation: Jesus alone good and fair.


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