Brignall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Brignall is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a 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 Brignall family

The surname Brignall 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 Brignall family

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Brignall Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Brignall were recorded, including Brignall, Brignal, Brigenehall, Brigenhale, Briggenale, Brigkenhall, Brignell, Bricnell and many more.

Early Notables of the Brignall family (pre 1700)

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United States Brignall migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Brignall family emigrate to North America:

Brignall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Brignall, who arrived in Virginia in 1640

Contemporary Notables of the name Brignall (post 1700) +

  • James T. Brignall (1941-1986), American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 46th District, 1970; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 3rd District, 1972 [2]
  • Professor Stan Brignall, Professor of Business at Aston University, Birmingham

  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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