Brence is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Brence family lived at Brimstone Hall at Little Wakering in Essex
. Originally the family came from Briencun in Normandy
Early Origins of the Brence family
The surname Brence was first found in Essex
, where they held a family seat
after the Norman Conquest
. The family came from Briencun in Normandy
and has left its name in Brimstone Hall at Little Wakering in Essex.
Early History of the Brence family
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Brence Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Brimson, Brimsone, Brimstone, Brymstone, Briencun, Brinzun, Brinsun, Brimsun and many more.
Early Notables of the Brence family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brence family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Brence or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.