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Bree is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Bree family lived in Berkshire where the local Brai
is listed in the Domesday Book
. Originally, the name, is a reference to the town of Bray, near Evereux, Normandy
, where the family lived prior to the Norman Conquest
of 1066. 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 Bree family
The surname Bree was first found in Northamptonshire where Sir Robert Bray who lived about the period of Richard I is thought to be the progenitor. "His great-grandson, Thomas, was lord of Thgunby, in the same county in the ninth of Edward II." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
"This name occurs in all the copies of the co-called Roll of Battel Abbey, and that a great family so designated migrated from Normandy at the period of the Conquest seems certain. Three places in that province are still called Brai; two in the arrondissement of Falaise, and one in that of Bernal." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Bree family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bree research.Another 401 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1260, 1500, 1700, 1440, 1503, 1656, 1730, 1790, 1883, 1794, 1868 and are included under the topic Early Bree History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bree Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Bree are characterized by many spelling variations
. 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. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bree include Bray, Braye, Braie, Brey, Breye, Brae and others.
Early Notables of the Bree family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bree family to Ireland
Some of the Bree family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 131 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bree family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Bree Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Harriet Bree, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
- Anna Bree, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
- Bertha Bree, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
- Reginald Bree, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
- Alice Bree, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
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Contemporary Notables of the name Bree (post 1700)
- Dan Bree, American television producer, editor, known for Off the Hook: Extreme Catches (2012), Command Decisions (2004) and Ancient Ink (2008)
- William A. Bree, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from New Haven; Elected 1912 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Robert Bree (1759-1839), English physician, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1807, Fellow of the Royal Society in 1808
- James Patrick Bree (b. 1997), English footballer who plays for Barnsley (2014-)
- Herbert Bree (1828-1899), English cleric, Bishop of Barbados (1882-1899)
- Jonathan Bree, New Zealand singer-songwriter and producer, co-founder of the indie pop group The Brunettes in 1998 and Lil' Chief Records in 2002
- De Clan Bree (b. 1951), Irish independent politician, Sligo County Councillor (1974-), the joint longest-serving member of Sligo Borough Council
- Bridget Bree, American actress, known for her role in Lunar Girl (2001)
- James Bree (1923-2008), British film and television actor, probably best known for playing Gumbold in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service
- Andrew Bree (b. 1981), Northern Irish silver medalist breaststroke swimmer at the 2003 European Championships-Short Course
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