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The ancient Scottish name Briscoe was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The original bearer of the name lived in Briscoe in Scotland. The name Briscoe is a habitational name, derived from a few sources. One source shows the name is derived from the Old Norse word Bretaskógr, which means, wood of the Britons. The second source shows that it may also be derived from the Old Norse words birki and stógr, which mean birch wood.

Briscoe Early Origins



The surname Briscoe was first found in Briscoe, near Carlisle where the family were seated for three generations before the reign of Edward III. Later in Crofton in Cumbria (formerly Cumberland) and at Birkskeugh, in the parish of Newbiggan, were the ancestral homes of the family since 1390. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
One of the first records of the name in Cumberland was Isold de Briskow. Later William Brys(k)how was listed in Yorkshire in 1410. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Briscoe Spelling Variations


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Briscoe Spelling Variations



The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Briscoe has been spelled Brisco, Briscoe, Briscowe, Briscow, Briskoe, Briskcoe, Briskcow, Briskow, Briskowe, Bresco, Brescoe and many more.

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Briscoe Early History


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Briscoe Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Briscoe research. Another 489 words (35 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1590, 1332, 1845, 1606, 1688, 1654, 1659, 1588, 1656 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Briscoe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Briscoe Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Briscoe Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Briscoe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Briscoe In Ireland


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Briscoe In Ireland



Some of the Briscoe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 247 words (18 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


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The Great Migration



To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North Ameri ca. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were:

Briscoe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Dr. John Briscoe who settled in Maryland. He set sail from Newbiggin, Cumberland, and settled in America in 1632
  • Henry Briscoe settled in Maryland in 1633
  • Henry Briscoe, who landed in Maryland in 1633
  • John Briscoe, who arrived in Maryland in 1634
  • William Briscoe, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1641
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Briscoe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Briscoe, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Dorothy Briscoe, who arrived in Virginia in 1715
  • Phillip Briscoe, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798

Briscoe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • R Briscoe, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • G W T Briscoe, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Edward Briscoe, who arrived in Mississippi in 1891

Briscoe Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary Briscoe, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1834

Briscoe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Albert W. Briscoe, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Briscoe (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Briscoe (post 1700)



  • James Price Briscoe (1894-1981), American Democrat politician, Mining executive; Member of Colorado State Senate, 1950
  • J. E. Briscoe Jr., American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives from Walton County, 1947-50
  • Frank Briscoe, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Texas 22nd District, 2002
  • Frank Briscoe, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 7th District, 1966
  • Dolph Briscoe Jr. (1923-2010), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1956, 1972; Governor of Texas, 1973-79
  • Claiborne C. Briscoe, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, 1856
  • Charles H. Briscoe, American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 2nd District, 1861; Speaker of the Connecticut State House of Representatives, 1878
  • Benjamin E. Briscoe, American Democrat politician, Member of Arizona State House of Representatives, 1923-26
  • Andrew Briscoe (1810-1849), American politician, Delegate to Texas Republic Republic constitutional convention from District of Harrisburg, 1836; Signer, Texas Declaration of Independence, 1836; State Court Judge in Texas, 1836-39
  • Janie Briscoe, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1972
  • ... (Another 10 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: Grata sume manu
Motto Translation: Take with a grateful hand.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  4. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  6. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  11. ...

The Briscoe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Briscoe 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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