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The history of the Brierly family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in Brearley.

Brierly Early Origins



The surname Brierly 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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Brierly Spelling Variations


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Brierly Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Brierly include Brierley, Brierly, Briarly, Briarley, Bryerly and others.

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Brierly Early History


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Brierly Early History



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

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Brierly Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brierly Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Brierly 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



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Brierly or a variant listed above:

Brierly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Isaac Brierly, aged 21, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Joseph Brierly, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • W, Brierly Jr., who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • John, Matthew, Thomas and Thomas Brierly arrived in Philadelphia between 1855 and 1868

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brierly (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brierly (post 1700)



  • Justin W. Brierly (1905-1985), American educator and lawyer
  • Sir Oswald Walters Brierly (1817-1894), English marine painter
  • David Brierly (1935-2008), British actor, best known for being the voice of the robot dog K-9 in the BBC Doctor Who series

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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).
    2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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    The Brierly Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brierly 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.

    This page was last modified on 22 June 2015 at 16:07.

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