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The ancestors of the name Brierley date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Brierley family lived in Brearley.

Brierley Early Origins



The surname Brierley was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Brierley Spelling Variations


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Brierley Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Brierley are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Brierley include: Brierley, Brierly, Briarly, Briarley, Bryerly and others.

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Brierley Early History


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Brierley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brierley research. Another 288 words (21 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brierley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brierley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brierley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Brierley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Brierley or a variant listed above:

Brierley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Brierley, aged 31, landed in New York in 1808
  • Byron, Joel, John, Matthew, Robert, Thomas, and William Brierley arrived in Philadelphia between 1832 and 1868

Brierley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Brierley, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835
  • John Brierley, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  • Joseph Scottie Brierley, aged 40, a wire maker, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Navarino"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brierley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brierley (post 1700)



  • Roger Brierley (1935-2005), English actor, best known for his work on A Fish Called Wanda (1988) and Superman II (1980)
  • Walter Henry Brierley (1862-1926), English architect in York, responsible for over 300 buildings, founder of Brierly Groom is a York architecture company
  • Benjamin Brierley (b. 1986), English-born, German international rugby union player
  • Benjamin Brierley (1825-1896), English weaver and writer
  • Sir Ronald Alfred "Ron" Brierley (b. 1937), New Zealand investor, chairman and director, founder of Brierley Investments Ltd in 1961
  • Captain Henry Brierley, House Governor, London Hospital
  • Thomas Leslie "Tom" Brierley (1910-1989), English and Canadian cricketer
  • Marjorie Flowers Brierley (1893-1984), British psychoanalyst

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Brierley Historic Events


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Brierley Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. William L Brierley (b. 1921), Canadian Leading Steward serving for the Royal Navy from Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. George Brierley, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843

Other References

  1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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The Brierley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brierley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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