Bringlay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Bringlay is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in or near the settlement of Brinkley in the county of Cambridgeshire.
Early Origins of the Bringlay family
The surname Bringlay was first found in Cambridgeshire at Brinkley, a small village about 15 miles from Cambridge in the union of Newmarket, hundred of Radfield.  The village dates back to the late 12th century when it was first listed as Brinkelai and literally meant "woodland clearing of a man called Brynca," from the Old English personal name + "leah." 
Early History of the Bringlay family
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Bringlay Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Bringlay are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Bringlay include: Brinkley, Bringley, Bringle, Bringlow, Bringley, Brinklow, Brinkley and many more.
Early Notables of the Bringlay family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Brinkley, Bishop of Cloyne; and Stephen Brinkley (b. 1550-1585?), an English printer, covertly producing Roman Catholic literature under Elizabeth I of England. He was tortured at the Tower of London but was discharged in June 1583.
Henry Brinkelow (d. 1546), was an English satirist, the...
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Migration of the Bringlay family to Ireland
Some of the Bringlay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Bringlay family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bringlay or a variant listed above: John Brinklow who settled in New England in 1763; John Brinkley settled in New England in 1773; James Brinkley settled in New England in 1755.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto Translation: Be changed
- Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)