Breckinridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.
Early Origins of the Breckinridge family
The surname Breckinridge was first found in Lanarkshire, and Ayrshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times. In 1454, two records were found of the family: the yard of John of Bracanyyggis in Glasgow; and Johannes Brakanryg was sergeant of the upper baronie of Renffrew. A few years later, Robart Brakenrig witnessed a letter of reversion in 1504. 
Important Dates for the Breckinridge family
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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.
Early Notables of the Breckinridge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Breckinridge family to Ireland
Some of the Breckinridge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 38 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Breckinridge migration to the United States
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:
Typical Breckinridge Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Breckinridge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Dunlop Breckinridge, who landed in Washington, DC in 1842 
Contemporary Notables of the name Breckinridge (post 1700)
- John Breckinridge (1760-1806), American politician, United States Senator and US Attorney General
- Mary Breckinridge (1881-1965), founder of the Frontier Nursing Service
- James Breckinridge (1763-1833), Virginia lawyer and politician, Revolutionary War soldier and Brigadier-General in the War of 1812
- Henry S. Breckinridge (1886-1960), American lawyer, politician, and Olympic fencer
- Desha Breckinridge (1867-1935), editor and publisher of the Lexington Herald
- John Cabell Breckinridge (1821-1875), American politician
- 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 
- ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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