When the ancestors of the Brebason family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in the county of Kent
. The family name originates in the taken duchy of Brabant in Normandy
, it is from the local
that the village and parish of Braborne is named. Typically then the name was used by locals of the Brabant area. Their castle was called Brabacon. In Normandy
the surname had come to be associated with mercenary-style soldiering, and the family was renowned as valiant fighters, particularly in William the Conqueror's army at the Battle of Hastings. Another source claims that they assumed their surname from the Castle of Brabazon, in Normandy
and it was Jaques Le Brabason, nicknamed the Great Warrior who came to the aid of William the Conqueror in his conquest of England
and consequently appears on the role of Battle Abbey. CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
Early Origins of the Brebason family
The surname Brebason was first found in Surrey
where they settled at Bletchworth in Surrey
and Braborne in Kent
. They were from the village and Castle of Brabancon in Flanders
, their profession, professional soldiers.
Early History of the Brebason family
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Brebason Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Brebason has been recorded under many different variations, including Brabasson, Brabazon, Brabauzon, Barbazaun and others.
Early Notables of the Brebason family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Edward Brabazon, 1st Baron
Ardee (d. 1625), who represented County Wicklow
in the Irish House of Commons and served as High Sheriff
of Staffordshire; Chambre Brabazon, 5th Earl of Meath PC
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Migration of the Brebason family to Ireland
Some of the Brebason family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 193 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Brebason family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Brebasons were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Barnabas Brabazon settled in Barbados and Jamaica in the year 1700.
The Brebason 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: Vota vita mea
Motto Translation: Prayers are my life.