Origins Available: English
The name of the Briance family is derived from Brian an Old Norman name, but may also be traced further back to its original form Brjan.
Early Origins of the Briance family
The surname Briance was first found in Denbigh, a market town in Denbighshire
, North Wales
. "The great baronial house of Bryan became extinct in the male line at the death in 1390 of Guy de Bryan, Baron
Bryan who served as standard bearer to Edward III in the celebrated fight with the French at Calais. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
Another source claims the name came from three locations: Tor-Bryan in Devon; Langheren, in South Wales
, and at Woodford Castle, county Dorset
. "Of this family was the chivalrous Sir Guy Bryan, Lord Bryan, K.G. temp.
Edward III., and standard bearer at the celebrated battle of Calais. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
This source continues "The Christian name Guy was frequent in the family." Yet another source claims a similar story with a different surname spelling. In this case, this source is referring to the parish of Slapton in Devon
. "This place belonged to Sir Guy de Brien, Knt., standardbearer to Edward III., whom he attended at the battle of Calais in 1349, on which occasion, having greatly distinguished himself by his intrepidity, he was rewarded with a grant of 200 marks per annum, payable out of the exchequer during his life. Sir Guy founded a chantry in the church for a rector and four priests, and endowed it with £10 per annum in land, and with the advowson of the living." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Briance family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Briance research.Another 515 words (37 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1086, 1296, 1296, 1150, 1694, 1500, 1471, 1500, 1518, 1490, 1549, 1676, 1662, 1699, 1621, 1668 and are included under the topic Early Briance History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Briance Spelling Variations
Since the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, Breton
surnames have many spelling variations
. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England
after the Norman Conquest
, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Bryan, Bryant, Brian, Breine, Brine, Bryand, Briand, Briant, Bryane and many more.
Early Notables of the Briance family (pre 1700)
Notable of this family during the Middle Ages was Sir Thomas Bryan KS KB (died 1500), a British justice, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas (1471-1500); and his son, Sir Thomas Bryan (died 1518) was an English courtier during the reign of Henry VIII; Sir Francis Bryan... Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Briance Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Briance family to Ireland
Some of the Briance family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 179 words (13 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 Briance family to the New World and Oceana
Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Briance: John Bryant of Scituate, Massachusetts who settled there in 1639; another John Bryant settled in Maryland in 1634; Roger Bryant settled in Barbados in 1685.