Brindle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Brindle belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in or near the settlement of Brindle in Lancashire.

Early Origins of the Brindle family

The surname Brindle was first found in Lancashire at Brindle, a small village and civil parish of the borough of Chorley that dates back to at least 1206 when it was first listed as Burnhill. The place name probably means "hill by a stream," from the Old English words "burna" + "hyll." [1] "This place appears to have been granted, by the superior tenant of the crown, soon after the Conquest, to a family who were designated from their possessions. The manor passed by the marriage of the heiress of 'Sir Peter de Bryn, of Brynhill,' to the Gerards, with whom it continued till the reign of Henry VIII." [2]

Early History of the Brindle family

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Brindle Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Brindle include Brindley, Brinley, Brindely and others.

Early Notables of the Brindle family (pre 1700)

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United States Brindle migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Brindle were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Brindle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Philip Brindle, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761 [3]
  • Barbary Brindle, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [3]
Brindle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Rosalie Theresia Brindle, aged 22, who landed in New York, NY in 1846 [3]
  • J W Brindle, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]

Australia Brindle migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Brindle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Evan Brindle, English convict who was convicted in Salford, Manchester, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 27th August 1841, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [4]

New Zealand Brindle migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Brindle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Henry Brindle, aged 45, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Mary Brindle, aged 38, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • James Brindle, aged 15, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Croisdale Brindle, aged 5, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Mary Brindle, aged 3, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Brindle (post 1700) +

  • Timothy E. Brindle (b. 1980), American Christian hip hop musician
  • Ewart Melbourne Brindle (1904-1995), Australian-born, American illustrator and painter, know for his work on World War II war bonds, magazine illustrations and covers, and US postage stamps
  • Robert Brindle (1837-1916), English prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Nottingham from 1901 to 1915
  • Reginald Smith Brindle (1917-2003), English composer and writer
  • Reginald Gordon Brindle (1925-1998), English cricketer who played first-class cricket for Warwickshire in a single match in 1949
  • Arran Brindle (b. 1981), née Thompson, an English cricketer and member of the England Women's team
  • Frederick "Fred" Brindle (b. 1909), English professional rugby league footballer of the 1930s, and 1940s who represented Yorkshire in 1938 and England in 1933
  • Thomas "Tom" Brindle (1878-1950), English-born, New Zealand immigrant c. 1910 and later early activist for the New Zealand Labour Party, 6th President of the Labour Party (1922-1926)
  • Thomas "Tom" Brindle (1861-1905), English footballer who made two appearances for England in 1880
  • David Brindle, Canadian broadcast journalist and producer for CBC Radio and Television


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barossa


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