The ancient name Breeks is a Norman name that would have been developed in England
after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. This name was a name given to a cheerful
person. The name stems from the Old English root, bragge,
which means lively, gay,
A Norman derivation is slightly different, and suggests that the word stems from the root braggi,
which means a hero,
or man of great accomplishment. CITATION[CLOSE]
Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
Early Origins of the Breeks family
The surname Breeks was first found in Cambridgeshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times. The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 list Henry Brag as holding estates in Cambridgeshire
. The Register of the University of Oxford list Edward Bragge in 1573 and Edmund Bragge in 1601. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Breeks family
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Breeks Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Breeks were recorded, including Bragg, Brag, Braggs, Bragge and others.
Early Notables of the Breeks family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Breeks family to Ireland
Some of the Breeks family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Breeks family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Breeks arrived in North America very early: John Bragg who settled in Barbados in 1654; Mary Bragge settled in Virginia in 1774; William Bragg settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife, three children, and servants.
The Breeks 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: Fidelis et constans
Motto Translation: Faithful and steadfast.