The ancestry of the name Brignail dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It 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 Brignail family
The surname Brignail 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Brignail family
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Brignail Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Brignail have been found, including Brignall, Brignal, Brigenehall, Brigenhale, Briggenale, Brigkenhall, Brignell, Bricnell and many more.
Early Notables of the Brignail family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brignail family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Brignail, or a variant listed above: Richard Brignall, who arrived in Virginia in 1640; and Thomas Brignal, who settled in Ontario in 1861.