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Fairbrass History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Early Origins of the Fairbrass family


The surname Fairbrass was first found in Oxfordshire where John Fierebrache was listed in the Pipe Rolls there in 1190. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Secondly, the name could have been Norman in origin and the family could have come to Britain about the time of the Conquest. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early records finds them scattered through Britain as seen by John Fierbrace who was listed in Pipe Rolls of Essex in 1196; [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
and the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Robert Ferebras in Buckinghamshire; Henry Ferebraz in Oxfordshire; and John Ferbraz in Buckinghamshire. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Early History of the Fairbrass family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fairbrass research.
Another 229 words (16 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 Fairbrass History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fairbrass Spelling Variations


The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Fairbrass has been spelled many different ways, including Firebrace, Firbrace, Firebrass, Firbrash, Fairbrass, Fairbrace, Farbrace and many more.

Early Notables of the Fairbrass 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)...
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Migration of the Fairbrass family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fairbrass Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mary Fairbrass, aged 20, a sempstress, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Fairbrass Fairbrass, aged Thomas, a farm labourer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Ann Fairbrass, aged 21, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Elizabeth Fairbrass, aged 2, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Thomas Fairbrass, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842

The Fairbrass 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: Fideli quid obstat
Motto Translation: What stands in the way of the faithful


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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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