The ancestors of the Brinky surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they lived in or near the settlement of Brinkley in the county of Cambridgeshire.
Early Origins of the Brinky family
The surname Brinky was first found in Cambridgeshire
at Brinkley, a small village about 15 miles from Cambridge in the union of Newmarket, hundred
of Radfield. 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Brinky family
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Brinky Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Brinky include Brinkley, Bringley, Bringle, Bringlow, Bringley, Brinklow, Brinkley and many more.
Early Notables of the Brinky family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brinky family to Ireland
Some of the Brinky 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.
Migration of the Brinky family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: John Brinklow who settled in New England
in 1763; John Brinkley settled in New England
in 1773; James Brinkley settled in New England
The Brinky 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