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.
Important Dates for the Brenchley family
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Brenchley Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Brenchley, Benchley, Brenchesly, Brenshley, Brenshly and many more.
Early Notables of the Brenchley family (pre 1700)
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Brenchley migration to Australia
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Brenchley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Daniel Brenchley, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
Contemporary Notables of the name Brenchley (post 1700)
Edgar "Chirp" Brenchley (1912-1975), English Olympic former ice hockey player
Julius Lucius Brenchley (1816-1873), English explorer, naturalist and author from Kent
Chaz Brenchley (b. 1959), English author
Peter Brenchley (b. 1936), former Australian rules footballer
^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844
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