Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Brignal is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having 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 Brignal family
The surname Brignal 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 Brignal family
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Brignal Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Brignal has been spelled many different ways, including Brignall, Brignal, Brigenehall, Brigenhale, Briggenale, Brigkenhall, Brignell, Bricnell and many more.
Early Notables of the Brignal family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brignal family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Brignal Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Thomas Brignal, who settled in Ontario in 1861