Brinklay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Anglo-Saxon name Brinklay comes from when the family resided in or near the settlement of Brinkley in the county of Cambridgeshire.
Early Origins of the Brinklay family
The surname Brinklay 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 Brinklay family
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Brinklay Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Brinklay has been recorded under many different variations, including Brinkley, Bringley, Bringle, Bringlow, Bringley, Brinklow, Brinkley and many more.
Early Notables of the Brinklay 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 Brinklay family to Ireland
Some of the Brinklay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Brinklay family
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Brinklay 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)