Brevard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain were the first to use the name of Brevard. The name had a practical origin since it came from when its initial bearer worked as a person who was the Brevetour or private clerk. This person would write brevets for his lord, as well as write down household expenses.

Early Origins of the Brevard family

The surname Brevard was first found in Cambridgeshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Brevard family

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Brevard Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Brevard include Breviter, Brevitor, Brevetur, Brevetor, Brefeter, Breftour and many more.

Early Notables of the Brevard family (pre 1700)

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Brevard migration to the United States

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Brevard or a variant listed above:

Brevard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Frederick Brevard, who landed in North Carolina in 1763 [1]
  • John Brevard, who arrived in North Carolina in 1763 [1]
Brevard Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Anton Brevard, aged 29, who landed in America from Denmark, in 1909
  • Proctor Brevard, aged 25, who arrived at Weatherford, Texas, in 1912

Contemporary Notables of the name Brevard (post 1700)

  • Theodore Washington Brevard (1835-1882), early American Confederate Brigadier-General who was captured and imprisoned by the forces of General George Custer
  • Joseph Brevard (1766-1821), American politician, U.S. Representative from South Carolina
  • R. J. Brevard, American politician, Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, 1891-95 [2]
  • Joseph Brevard (1766-1821), American politician, Representative from South Carolina 9th District, 1819-21; Defeated, 1821 [2]
  • J. F. Brevard, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Lincoln County, 1818 [2]
  • Alexander J. M. Brevard, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Lincoln County, 1827 [2]
  • Adam Brevard, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Iredell County, 1789 [2]
  • Joseph Brevard Kershaw (1822-1894), Confederate general in the American Civil War
  • F. Brevard McDowell, American politician, Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, 1887-91 [3]
  • Joseph Brevard Kershaw (1822-1894), American politician, Delegate to South Carolina secession convention, 1860; Member of South Carolina State Senate, 1865; State Court Judge in South Carolina, 1877-93 [4]

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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