Brinkey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Brinkey is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in or near the settlement of Brinkley in the county of Cambridgeshire.
Early Origins of the Brinkey family
The surname Brinkey 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 Brinkey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brinkey research. Another 35 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1585, 1583 and 1546 are included under the topic Early Brinkey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brinkey Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Brinkey has been spelled many different ways, including Brinkley, Bringley, Bringle, Bringlow, Bringley, Brinklow, Brinkley and many more.
Early Notables of the Brinkey 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 Brinkey family to Ireland
Some of the Brinkey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Brinkey family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Brinkeys to arrive in North America: 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.
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The Brinkey Motto +
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)