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The ancestors of the Breckinridge name date back to the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland. Breckinridge was a name for someone who lived in the places named Brackenrig, in Lanarkshire and Ayrshire. This place name comes from the Northern Old English words, bracken and rigg (ridge). Breckinridge is a local, or habitation name, which comes from the names of places where the family once lived or held land.

Breckinridge Early Origins



The surname Breckinridge 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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Breckinridge Spelling Variations


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Breckinridge Spelling Variations



Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents Breckinridge 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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Breckinridge Early History


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Breckinridge Early History



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

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Breckinridge Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Breckinridge Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Breckinridge In Ireland


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Breckinridge In Ireland



Some of the Breckinridge 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



Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Breckinridge or a variant listed above:

Breckinridge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Dunlop Breckinridge, who landed in Washington, DC in 1842

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Contemporary Notables of the name Breckinridge (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Breckinridge (post 1700)



  • James Breckinridge (1763-1833), American politician, Representative from Virginia, 1809-17
  • Henry Skillman Breckinridge (1886-1960), American Democrat politician, Assistant Secretary of War, 1913-16
  • Desha Breckinridge (1867-1935), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1920, 1928, 1932
  • Clifton Rodes Breckinridge (1846-1932), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Arkansas, 1883-89, 1890-95; U.S. Minister to Russia, 1894-97; Delegate to Arkansas State Constitutional Convention, 1917
  • Arthur G. Breckinridge, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 21st District, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1927; Candidate for New York State Senate 6th District, 1930
  • James Douglas Breckinridge (1781-1849), American politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1809-11; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 8th District, 1821-23; Defeated, 1822
  • John Breckinridge (1760-1806), American Democrat politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1798-1801; Speaker of the Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1799-1801
  • John Bayne Breckinridge (1913-1979), American Democrat politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives 49th District, 1956-59; Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, 1971; Defeated, 1963
  • John Cabell Breckinridge (1821-1875), American Democrat politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1849-51; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 8th District, 1851-55
  • John W. Breckinridge, American Democrat politician, Member of California State Assembly 5th District, 1884-85; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1884
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    2. 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).
    3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    8. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
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    The Breckinridge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Breckinridge 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 20 May 2016 at 12:42.

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