Show ContentsBryerlay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Bryerlay surname lived in Brierley, a township in the parish of Felkirk, West Riding, Yorkshire. [1] Brierley-Hill is a a district chapelry, in the parish of King's Swinford, union of Stourbridge, N. division of the hundred of Seisdon in Staffordshire. [2]

Early Origins of the Bryerlay family

The surname Bryerlay was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire where the first record of the family was John de Brerelay who was listed as a Freemen of York, 13 Richard II (in the thirteenth year of King Richard II's reign.) [1]

Early History of the Bryerlay family

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Bryerlay Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Bryerlay are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bryerlay include: Brierley, Brierly, Briarly, Briarley, Bryerly and others.

Early Notables of the Bryerlay family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Roger Brereley or Brierley (1586-1637), English divine and poet, born on 4 Aug. 1586, at Marland, then a hamlet in the parish of Rochdale, where Thomas Brereley, his father, and Roger, his grandfather, were farmers. "The name is spelled in many ways, but it seems best to adhere to the form which constantly recurs in the Rochdale baptismal register, as this undoubtedly represents the right pronunciation...
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Migration of the Bryerlay family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bryerlay or a variant listed above: Byron, Joel, John, Matthew, Robert, Thomas, and William Brierley arrived in Philadelphia between 1832 and 1868. John, Matthew, Thomas and Thomas Brierly arrived in Philadelphia between 1855 and 1868..

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. on Facebook