Early Origins of the Briarwood family
The surname Briarwood was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Briarwood family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Briarwood research.Another 275 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1535, 1455, 1487, 1643, 1565, 1613, 1588, 1654, 1694, 1791, 1670, 1746, 1705, 1677 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Briarwood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Briarwood Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Brerewood, Brerwood, Briarwood, Bryerwood, Brierwood, Brairwood and many more.
Early Notables of the Briarwood family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Edward Brerewood (c.1565-1613), English antiquary and mathematician, Gresham Professor of Astronomy, London; Sir Robert Brerewood (1588-1654), English lawyer and politician; and Francis Brerewood (1694-1791), English painter. On the infamous side, Thomas Brerewood (c.1670-1746), was a 'Gentleman Entrepreneur & Fraudster' who was deeply involved in bankruptcy... Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Briarwood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Briarwood family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..