Breland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Breland is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a maker of belts and girdles. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word brayle, for breeches or pants, and then to braiel, for a band or belt to fasten them.
Early Origins of the Breland family
The surname Breland was first found in Middlesex, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Important Dates for the Breland family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Breland research. Another 172 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1281, 1311, and 1500 are included under the topic Early Breland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Breland Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Breland include Brailer, Braeler, Brayeler, Braler and others.
Early Notables of the Breland family (pre 1700)
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Breland migration to the United States
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Breland were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Typical Breland Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Breland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Ole T. Breland, aged 44, who arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Teutonic" from Liverpool & Queenstown 
Breland Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Yvonne B. Breland, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Pocahontas" from Brest, France 
- Everett Edward Breland, aged 37, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "New York" from Southampton, England 
Contemporary Notables of the name Breland (post 1700)
- Mark Breland (b. 1963), American former world champion boxer from New York who won five New York Golden Gloves Titles and a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics
- Jim Breland (b. 1944), American former football player, All-American center for Georgia Tech
- Jessica Breland (b. 1988), American basketball player for the Chicago Sky WNBA team
- Patrice Breland (1837-1908), Canadian Métis fur trader and politician who represented St. Francois Xavier from 1879 to 1883, son of Pascal Breland
- Pascal Breland (1811-1896), Canadian Métis farmer and politician who was elected to the Manitoba Legislative Assembly serving from 1870 until 1874
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- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Y2-R4F : 6 December 2014), Ole T. Breland, 25 May 1893; citing departure port Liverpool & Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Teutonic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J644-NMW : 6 December 2014), Yvonne B. Breland, 10 Sep 1919; citing departure port Brest, arrival port New York, ship name Pocahontas, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6XC-HMF : 6 December 2014), Everett Edward Breland, 18 Aug 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name New York, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).