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The name Breckenridge was first used in the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. It indicates that the first bearer lived in the places named Brackenrig, in Lanarkshire and Ayrshire. This place name comes from the Northern Old English words, bracken and rigg (ridge). Breckenridge is a local, or habitation name, which comes from the names of places where the family once lived or held land.

Breckenridge Early Origins



The surname Breckenridge was first found in Lanarkshire, and Ayrshire 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.

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Breckenridge Spelling Variations


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Breckenridge Spelling Variations



Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Breckenridge has been spelled Brackenridge, Brachenridge, Brakenbury, Brackenrige, Brachenrige, Brecenrigg, Brecenrig, Breckinridge, Breckinrige, Breckinrigg, Breconrig, Breconrigg, Breckenrig, Breckenrigg, Braikinrigg, Braikinrig, Braikinridge and many more.

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Breckenridge Early History


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Breckenridge Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Breckenridge research. Another 188 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1454, 1748, and 1816 are included under the topic Early Breckenridge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Breckenridge Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Breckenridge Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Breckenridge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Breckenridge In Ireland


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Breckenridge In Ireland



Some of the Breckenridge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 243 words (17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Breckenridge or a variant listed above:

Breckenridge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alexander Breckenridge, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1728
  • George Robert Breckenridge, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1740
  • John Breckenridge, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Letitia Breckenridge, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Smith Breckenridge, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1740

Breckenridge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Dunlop Breckenridge, who arrived in New York in 1837
  • James Miller Breckenridge, who arrived in Michigan in 1899

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Contemporary Notables of the name Breckenridge (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Breckenridge (post 1700)



  • Carol A. Breckenridge (1942-2009), American anthropologist and Associate Professor of History
  • Riley Breckenridge (b. 1975), American drummer with Thrice; older brother of Eddie Breckenridge
  • Patricia Breckenridge, American Judge on the Supreme Court of Missouri
  • Michael Breckenridge, American actor, musician, humorist and artist
  • Lisa Breckenridge, American TV reporter
  • Laura Breckenridge (b. 1983), American actress
  • Jody A. Breckenridge, American Coast Guard Rear Admiral
  • Eddie Breckenridge (b. 1975), American bassist with Thrice; younger brother of Riley Breckenridge
  • Donald Breckenridge (1932-2005), American hotel chain founder and president
  • Alex Breckenridge (b. 1982), American film and television actress
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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: Virtute et industria
Motto Translation: By valour and industry.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    2. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    8. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    9. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    10. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    11. ...

    The Breckenridge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Breckenridge Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 10 June 2016 at 12:47.

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