Brinselay is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in or near the settlement of Brinsley in Nottinghamshire.
Early Origins of the Brinselay family
The surname Brinselay was first found in Nottinghamshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Brinselay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brinselay research.Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1569, 1581, 1624, 1600, 1665 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Brinselay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brinselay Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Brinselay family name include Brinsley, Brindsley, Brindesly, Brindersly and many more.
Early Notables of the Brinselay family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include John Brinsley the elder ( fl.
1581-1624), an English schoolmaster, known for his educational works; John Brinsley the younger (1600-1665)... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brinselay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Brinselay family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Brinselay surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Francis Brinsley settled in New England
in 1656; Luke Brinsley arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682.