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Early Origins of the Brushe family

The surname Brushe was first found in Suffolk, where the Subsidy Rolls of 1327 include an entry for Alice Brusch. Later the same rolls but in 1524, include entries for John Brosche and Robert Brusshe. [1]

Many early surnames were representative of the profession to which the first bearer belonged. The word "brush" was the same in Middle English as it is today, and the name was probably first given to a man who made brushes. [2] [3]

In Normandy, the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae lists Robert Bros in 1180 and Richard Broche in 1198 as holding lands there at that time. [4]

Early History of the Brushe family

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Brushe Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Brush, Brusche, Brushe, Brusshe, Brosche and others.

Early Notables of the Brushe family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Brushe family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas Brush, who came to New York in 1653; as well as John Brush, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 and Richard Brush, who arrived in New England in 1731..

Contemporary Notables of the name Brushe (post 1700) +

  • Dr. Gary Brushe, systems engineer

The Brushe 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: Fuimus
Motto Translation: God and my country.

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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)
  3. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X) on Facebook