Fairbrace History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Fairbrace family

The surname Fairbrace was first found in Oxfordshire where John Fierebrache was listed in the Pipe Rolls there in 1190. [1] The name is generally thought to have two possible origins. Firstly, the name could have been a nickname for someone who had an "iron-arm," [2] having derived from the Old French words "fer, fier" or the Middle English word "feer, fere" which mean "bold, fierce, proud," + the French word "bras" meaning "arm." [1] Secondly, the name could have been Norman in origin and the family could have come to Britain about the time of the Conquest. [3] Early records finds them scattered through Britain as seen by John Fierbrace who was listed in Pipe Rolls of Essex in 1196; [1] and the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Robert Ferebras in Buckinghamshire; Henry Ferebraz in Oxfordshire; and John Ferbraz in Buckinghamshire. [2]

Important Dates for the Fairbrace family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fairbrace research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1196, 1455, 1487, 1687, 1619, 1691, 1652, 1724, 1690, 1692, 1680, 1727, 1712 and 1759 are included under the topic Early Fairbrace History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fairbrace Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Fairbrace family name include Firebrace, Firbrace, Firebrass, Firbrash, Fairbrass, Fairbrace, Farbrace and many more.

Early Notables of the Fairbrace family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Henry Firebrace (c. 1619-1691) English courtier to Charles I, Clerk of the Green Cloth for King Charles II; Sir Basil Firebrace, 1st Baronet (1652-1724)...
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fairbrace Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Fairbrace family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Fairbrace surname or a spelling variation of the name include: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.

Citations

  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. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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