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The Picts were the ancient Scottish tribe where the ancestors of the Brice family lived. The name Brice comes from the Gaulish saint Bricius, a nephew of St. Martin of Tours in the 5th century. From Gaelic, the name means quick or speedy.

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The surname Brice was first found in Morayshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, around the 12th century. The name was originally Bricius, a Gaulish Saint of the fifth century, a nephew of St. Martin of Tours.

Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Brice has been spelled Bryce, Brice, Bricius, Bryse, Breise, Bryces, Brices, Bryses, Breises, Bryse, Brise, Briece and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brice research. Another 269 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1203, 1296, 1370, 1532, 1569, 1636, 1648, and 1696 are included under the topic Early Brice History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Bishop Bricius of Moray; Edmund Brice ( fl. 1648 - 1696), an English translator and schoolmaster; Edward Brice or Bryce (1569?-1636), Scottish Presbyterian minister; and...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brice Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Brice family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Brice:

Brice Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Francis Brice settled in Virginia in 1643
  • Francis Brice, who arrived in Virginia in 1643
  • Martha Brice, who landed in Virginia in 1648
  • Robert Brice, who landed in Virginia in 1648
  • Elizabeth Brice, who landed in Maryland in 1668
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Brice Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Brice settled in North Carolina in 1701
  • Ann Brice, who arrived in North Carolina in 1702
  • William Brice, who landed in North Carolina in 1702
  • Writ Brice, who arrived in North Carolina in 1702
  • James Brice settled in New Hampshire in 1718

Brice Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Archibald Brice, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1812
  • David Brice, aged 32, landed in New York in 1812
  • James E Brice, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Nicholas J Brice, aged 52, landed in Missouri in 1848
  • A J Brice, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
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Brice Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mary Brice, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • William Brice, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Brice Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Brice, who landed in Canada in 1815

Brice Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • E.M. Brice arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839
  • Amry Ann Brice arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Himalaya" in 1849
  • Johanna Brice arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Himalaya" in 1849
  • Mary A. Brice, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Himalaya"
  • Johanne Brice, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Himalaya"
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Brice Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Sarah Brice, aged 50, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Parsee" in 1873
  • Robert S. Brice arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883
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  • William Oscar Brice CBE (1898-1972), United States Marine Corps General, recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and Bronze Star
  • Carol Brice (1918-1985), American contralto
  • John Brice III (1738-1820), American lawyer, businessman and political leader
  • John Brice Jr. (1705-1766), early American settler and Loyalist politician, member of the Governor's Council, twice Mayor of Annapolis
  • William Brice (1921-2008), American artist known for his large-scale abstract paintings
  • Calvin Stewart Brice (1845-1898), Democratic politician from Ohio
  • Fannie Brice (1891-1951), American illustrated song "model," comedienne, singer, theatre and film actress
  • Louis-Adrien Brice De Montigny, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • William Charles Brice (1921-2007), British ethnographer and linguist
  • Christopher Trevor Brice (b. 1983), English cricketer
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Brice Historic Events



RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Walter T. Brice, aged 42, English Able Seaman from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 11
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  • History of the Brice Family by Agnes Brice.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fiat justitia
Motto Translation: Let justice be done.

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    Other References

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    3. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    4. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    5. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    6. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    7. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    8. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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