Scotland's coastal mountains and Hebrides
islands were known in ancient times as the kingdom of Dalriada. The name Brisbent evolved there as a nickname
for a person who had sustained a broken bone. This surname derived from the Old French word, briser,
which means to break,
and the Old English word, bàn,
which means bone.
This was also a nickname
, given to a person who was often involved in fights, which resulted in the breaking of bones. Members of the Brisbent family were found in the county of Renfrew
(now part of the Strathclyde region), in Scotland
, where the family can trace its origin to shortly after the Norman Conquest
, in 1066.
Early Origins of the Brisbent family
The surname Brisbent was first found in Renfrewshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland
, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew
, East Renfrewshire
, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland
. Probably the first of the name in Scotland
was William Brisbone, whose name appears on a list of archers sent from Berwick to Roxburgh
in 1298. Thomas Brisbane or de Birsbane had a charter in Aberdeenshire
from Robert I. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the Brisbent family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brisbent research.Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1332 and 1706 are included under the topic Early Brisbent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brisbent Spelling Variations
Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations
. In various documents Brisbent has been spelled Brisbane, Brisbine, Birsbain, Birsbaine, Brisblane, Birsben, Brisbin, Birsban and many more.
Early Notables of the Brisbent family (pre 1700)
Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brisbent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Brisbent family to the New World and Oceana
Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence
broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan
societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Brisbent were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown: Margaret Brisben arrived in Maryland in 1664; John Brisban arrived in New York in 1819; Mrs. Brisbane with two children who landed in New Orleans in 1822..
The Brisbent 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: Certamine summo
Motto Translation: In the battle's height.