Briknall is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Briknall family once 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 Briknall family
The surname Briknall 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 Briknall family
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Briknall Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Briknall family name include Brignall, Brignal, Brigenehall, Brigenhale, Briggenale, Brigkenhall, Brignell, Bricnell and many more.
Early Notables of the Briknall family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Briknall family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Briknall surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Richard Brignall, who arrived in Virginia in 1640; and Thomas Brignal, who settled in Ontario in 1861.