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.
Early Origins of the Brierley family
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.
Early History of the Brierley family
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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.
Early Notables of the Brierley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brierley family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. 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, who landed in New York in 1808 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
- Byron, Joel, John, Matthew, Robert, Thomas, and William Brierley, who 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 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 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, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Navarino" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Friday 22nd February 1856. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Navarino 1856. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/navarino1856.shtml.
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
Historic Events for the Brierley family
- Mr. William L Brierley (b. 1921), Canadian Leading Steward serving for the Royal Navy from Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
- Mr. George Brierley, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html