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The ancient history of the Brinkley name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in or near the settlement of Brinkley in the county of Cambridgeshire.

Brinkley Early Origins



The surname Brinkley was first found in Cambridgeshire at Brinkley, a small village about 15 miles from Cambridge in the union of Newmarket, hundred of Radfield. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Brinkley Spelling Variations


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Brinkley Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Brinkley include Brinkley, Bringley, Bringle, Bringlow, Bringley, Brinklow, Brinkley and many more.

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Brinkley Early History


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Brinkley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brinkley research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1585 and 1583 are included under the topic Early Brinkley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brinkley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brinkley Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brinkley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brinkley In Ireland


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Brinkley In Ireland



Some of the Brinkley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Brinkley or a variant listed above:

Brinkley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Brinkley settled in New England in 1755
  • John Brinkley settled in New England in 1773

Brinkley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Brinkley, aged 36, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brinkley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brinkley (post 1700)



  • Ritch Brinkley (1944-2015), American character actor best known for playing William in Beauty and the Beast
  • John Brinkley (b. 1931), American actor and writer, known for A Bucket of Blood (1959), T-Bird Gang (1959) and Teenage Doll (1957)
  • Donald Alan "Don" Brinkley (1921-2012), American award-winning television writer, director and producer, adoptive father of Christie Brinkley
  • Alan Brinkley (b. 1949), American historian, Allan Nevins Professor of History at Columbia University, University Provost (2003 to 2009)
  • David McClure Brinkley (1920-2003), American broadcast journalist, news anchor of the Huntley-Brinkley Report, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Christie Brinkley (b. 1954), born Christie Lee Hudson, famous American super model who had three consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers through 1981
  • Joel Graham Brinkley (1952-2014), American syndicated columnist, son of news anchor David Brinkley, awarded the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1980
  • David R. Brinkley, American Republican politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates District 4-A; Elected 1998
  • Christie Brinkley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2000
  • Arthur S. Brinkley Jr., American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1964; Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1972
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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: Mutabimur
Motto Translation: Be changed


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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The Brinkley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brinkley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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