The ancestors of the bearers of the Brinslay family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in or near the settlement of Brinsley in Nottinghamshire.
Early Origins of the Brinslay family
The surname Brinslay 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 Brinslay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brinslay research.Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1569, 1581, 1624, 1600, 1665 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Brinslay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brinslay 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 Brinslay include Brinsley, Brindsley, Brindesly, Brindersly and many more.
Early Notables of the Brinslay 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 Brinslay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Brinslay family to the New World and Oceana
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 Brinslay or a variant listed above: Francis Brinsley settled in New England
in 1656; Luke Brinsley arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682.