Boernician tribe. The Brownridge family lived in or near one of the towns called Brownrigg, or Brownridge, in England. This surname comes from the Old English words brùn and hrycg, which mean brown and ridge, respectively. This surname was most commonly found in Yorkshire, however, the places called Brownrigg were found in Cumberland. This indicates that the bearer's of the surname Brownridge possibly moved from Cumberland to Yorkshire at some point.
Early Origins of the Brownridge family
East Lothian, where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Brownridge family
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Early Notables of the Brownridge family (pre 1700)
Exeter (1642 to 1659) Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge; and Sir...
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Migration of the Brownridge family to Ireland
Some of the Brownridge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Brownridge family to the New World and Oceana
The Scots who crossed the Atlantic were often on the run from poverty as well as persecution. They brought little with them, and often had nothing of their home country to hand down to their children. In the 20th century, Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations have helped the ancestors of Boernician Scots to recover their lost national legacy. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Brownridge were among those contributors:
Brownridge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Brownridge (post 1700)
The Brownridge 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: Virtute et sapientia
Motto Translation: By virtue and wisdom.
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