The name Brebink is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in Brabant in Flanders
, which was formerly a province of France and is now part of the Netherlands.
Early Origins of the Brebink family
The surname Brebink was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times before the advent of the Norman Conquest
by Duke William of Normandy
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Brebink family
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Brebink Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Brebink are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Brebink include: Brabyn, Brabyne, Brabine, Brabines, Brabant, Brabent and many more.
Early Notables of the Brebink family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brebink family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Brebink or a variant listed above: W. Brabine who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1820; Alexander Braband arrived in Bermuda in 1635; and then moved to Boston under the name Brabant.