The surname Brenchley was first found in Kent at the village name Brenchley, a village and civil parish in the Borough of Tunbridge Wells. The name is generally believed to have been derived from "Branca's Leigh." Another reference claims the name is from the Anglo-Saxon word "Braenca" who lived in a clearing or "leagh." The village dates back to William the Conqueror and was listed as lands that were bequeathed to Richard FitzGilbert, his cousin.
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