The name Brecay arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Brecay family lived in Cheshire
. The name, however, refers to the family's residence in the town of Brecy
in the Caen region of France prior their emigration at the time of the Norman Conquest
"The Cheshire family had many branches, from one of which descend the Brasseys now existing, and Brassey the eminent engineer." CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Early Origins of the Brecay family
The surname Brecay was first found in Cheshire
, where they held a family seat
after the Norman Conquest
in the 11th century. The name was originally associated with the town of Brecy in the Caen region of France.
Further to the north in Scotland, Bressay, Burra, and Quarff is a parish in the county of Orkney and Shetland. "The island of Bressay, which is nearly six miles long, and varies in breadth from two to three miles." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Brecay family
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Brecay Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Brassey, Brassy, Brecy, Braceio, Bresci, Braci, Bracy, Brassye and many more.
Early Notables of the Brecay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brecay family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Brecay or a variant listed above: Thomas Brassey who arrived in Delaware in 1682.