Brignac History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Brignac family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Brignac comes from when the family lived in or near the village of Brignall near Greta Bridge close to Barnard Castle, in the North Riding of Yorkshire. It was transferred to County Durham for administrative and ceremonial purposes on 1 April 1974.

Early Origins of the Brignac family

The surname Brignac was first found in Yorkshire. However, Bracknell is a town and civil parish in the Borough of Bracknell Forest in Berkshire. It dates back to AD 942 as Braccan heal, and may meant "nook of land belonging to a man called Bracca", from the Old English personal name + halh. [1]

Early History of the Brignac family

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Brignac Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Brignac has appeared include Brignall, Brignal, Brigenehall, Brigenhale, Briggenale, Brigkenhall, Brignell, Bricnell and many more.

Early Notables of the Brignac family (pre 1700)

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United States Brignac migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Brignac arrived in North America very early:

Brignac Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Henry Brignac, aged 11, who landed in America in 1922
  • Thomas Brignac, aged 37, who immigrated to the United States in 1922

Contemporary Notables of the name Brignac (post 1700) +

  • Reid Michael Brignac (b. 1986), American Major League baseball shortstop/utility infielder
  • James R. Brignac, American Democrat politician, Member of Louisiana State House of Representatives, 1950 [2]

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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