Brabazon Family History
The ancient origin of the name Brabazon
was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.
Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.
Variants of the name Brabazon
include Brabson, Brobson, Brabancon, Brabanchon and Barbanchon. This is a locational name of Anglo-Norman origin and is taken from the former Province of Brabant in Belgium. Many of the original bearers of this name were mercenary soldiers. From England the name spread to Scotland, Wales and into Ireland, especially after the invasion of 1172 led by the famous Strongbow. A distinguished Anglo-Irish family called Brabazon are the Earls of Meath since 1627, and claim their descent from a Jacques le Brabazon, who was in the service of William the Conqueror in 1066. They held lands in Leicester and Surrey before becoming established in Ireland. A Sir William Brabazon was appointed receiver General in 1534.
family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Brabazon