Firbrash History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Firbrash family

The surname Firbrash 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]

Early History of the Firbrash family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Firbrash research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1196, 1455, 1487, 1687, 1619, 1691, 1645, 1644, 1646, 1652, 1724, 1690, 1692, 1680, 1727, 1712 and 1759 are included under the topic Early Firbrash History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Firbrash Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Firbrash include Firebrace, Firbrace, Firebrass, Firbrash, Fairbrass, Fairbrace, Farbrace and many more.

Early Notables of the Firbrash 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. He was the sixth son of Robert Firebrace of Derby, who died in 1645. He became much attached to the king, and was able to be of service to him on more than one occasion—at Uxbridge, in connection with the negotiations there in...
Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Firbrash Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Firbrash family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.



The Firbrash 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


  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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