Brearley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Brearley is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Brierley, a township in the parish of Felkirk, West Riding, Yorkshire. [1] Brierley-Hill is a a district chapelry, in the parish of King's Swinford, union of Stourbridge, N. division of the hundred of Seisdon in Staffordshire. [2]

Early Origins of the Brearley family

The surname Brearley was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire where the first record of the family was John de Brerelay who was listed as a Freemen of York, 13 Richard II (in the thirteenth year of King Richard II's reign.) [1]

Important Dates for the Brearley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brearley research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1782, 1586, 1637, 1586, 1654 and 1626 are included under the topic Early Brearley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brearley Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Brearley has been spelled many different ways, including Brierley, Brierly, Briarly, Briarley, Bryerly and others.

Early Notables of the Brearley family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Roger Brereley or Brierley (1586-1637), English divine and poet, born on 4 Aug. 1586, at Marland, then a hamlet in the parish of Rochdale, where Thomas Brereley, his father, and Roger, his grandfather, were farmers. "The name is spelled in many ways, but it seems best to adhere to the form which constantly recurs in the Rochdale baptismal register, as this undoubtedly represents the right pronunciation...
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Brearley migration to the United States

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Brearleys to arrive in North America:

Brearley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Brearley, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 [3]
  • John Brearley, who settled in Philadelphia in 1685
Brearley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Frank Brearley, aged 36, who settled in America, in 1893
Brearley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charles Redley Brearley, aged 10, who immigrated to the United States from Leeds, in 1903
  • Arthur Brearley, aged 25, who landed in America from Birmingham, in 1904
  • Annie Eliz Brearley, aged 57, who landed in America from Harrogate, in 1906
  • Agnes Marion Brearley, aged 24, who landed in America from London, England, in 1906
  • David Brearley, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States from Leeds, England, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brearley migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Brearley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Brearley, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]
  • John Brearley, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Joseph Brearley, English convict from Yorkshire, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • Sharp Brearley, English convict from Yorkshire, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • William Brearley, English convict from Yorkshire, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Brearley (post 1700)

  • David Brearley (1745-1790), American delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention, signor of the U.S. Constitution on behalf of New Jersey
  • David Brearley (1741-1790), American politician, U.S. District Judge for New Jersey, 1789-90; Died in office 1790 [7]
  • John Brearley (b. 1875), former English footballer and manager
  • John Michael Brearley OBE (b. 1942), English cricketer
  • Harry Brearley (1871-1948), English chemist and inventor of "rustless steel", now called "stainless steel"
  • Sir Norman Brearley, Australian Company Director

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Citations

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land or Port Phillip, Australia in 1848 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1848
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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