Brys is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Brys family lived in Berkshire where the local Brai
is listed in the Domesday Book
. Originally, the name, is a reference to the town of Bray, near Evereux, Normandy
, where the family lived prior to the Norman Conquest
of 1066. CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Early Origins of the Brys family
The surname Brys was first found in Northamptonshire where Sir Robert Bray who lived about the period of Richard I is thought to be the progenitor. "His great-grandson, Thomas, was lord of Thgunby, in the same county in the ninth of Edward II." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
"This name occurs in all the copies of the co-called Roll of Battel Abbey, and that a great family so designated migrated from Normandy at the period of the Conquest seems certain. Three places in that province are still called Brai; two in the arrondissement of Falaise, and one in that of Bernal." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Brys family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brys research.Another 401 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1260, 1500, 1700, 1440, 1503, 1656, 1730, 1790, 1883, 1794, 1868 and are included under the topic Early Brys History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brys Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Bray, Braye, Braie, Brey, Breye, Brae and others.
Early Notables of the Brys family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brys family to Ireland
Some of the Brys family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 131 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Brys family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Brys or a variant listed above: Mistris Bray who settled in Virginia in 1622; followed by Henry and Nicholas in 1652; John Bray settled in Maine in 1630; Rob Bray settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1679.
Contemporary Notables of the name Brys (post 1700)
- Herman L. Brys, American Republican politician, Republican Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Macomb County 2nd District, 1948 (primary), 1950; Candidate for Circuit Judge in Michigan 16th Circuit, 1966 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Marc Brys (b. 1962), former Belgian football player and current manager