Bressey is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Bressey family lived in Cheshire
. The name, however, refers to the family's residence in the town of Brecy
in the Caen region of France prior their emigration at the time of the Norman Conquest
"The Cheshire family had many branches, from one of which descend the Brasseys now existing, and Brassey the eminent engineer." CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Early Origins of the Bressey family
The surname Bressey was first found in Cheshire
, where they held a family seat
after the Norman Conquest
in the 11th century. The name was originally associated with the town of Brecy in the Caen region of France.
Further to the north in Scotland, Bressay, Burra, and Quarff is a parish in the county of Orkney and Shetland. "The island of Bressay, which is nearly six miles long, and varies in breadth from two to three miles." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Bressey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bressey research.Another 346 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1270, 1273, 1369, 1570, 1642, 1663, 1805, 1805 and 1870 are included under the topic Early Bressey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bressey Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Bressey are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bressey include Brassey, Brassy, Brecy, Braceio, Bresci, Braci, Bracy, Brassye and many more.
Early Notables of the Bressey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bressey family to Ireland
Some of the Bressey family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bressey family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Bressey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- R. Bressey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIR CHARLES FORBES originally CHARLES FORBES 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849SirCharlesForbes.gif