The surname Brilly was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1275 when Walter de Brayly held estates in that shire.
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Spelling variations of this family name include: Brayly, Braylie, Bralie, Braily, Brulye, Bralye, Braille, Braile, Brealey and many more.
Early Notables of the Brilly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brilly family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas Brayley, who came to Jamaica in 1658; Eliza Brayley, who came to Virginia in 1689; Nicholas Brayley, a bonded passenger, who was sent to America in 1735.