Experts believe the last name Brealey dates back to around the eighth century.

B realey is a middle Anglo-Saxon occupational surname. First historical evidence o f the surname dates to the county of Hampshire in 1110. In the fifteenth century a large group of travellers known as Brealey's migrated to Australia. Brealey is the 162nd most popular last name in the world. World wide there are a pproximately 33015 people with this name. The county of Surrey in England curren tly holds the highest density of people with the surname Brealey. It is noted th at an early 18th century Brealey could out drink a Lion. A tarnished past is evi dent, especially around the summer of 1863 when James Brealey stole a bracelet a nd was sentenced to prison.

Traits The common traits associated with Brealey's are conscientious, inteligent and co mplex. When they are good, they are very good; when they are bad they are more t hae worse for being the charming characters they are. Like children, they requir e constant attention, encouragement, and effort, throwing tantrums if they dont get what they want. 32Last name: Brealey Recorded in many spellings as shown below, this is an English locational surname . It originates from any of the places called Brierly or Brierley in the West Mi dlands or Yorkshire, or perhaps in some cases from a now "lost" medieval village called Breg-leah. All derive their names from the pre 7th Century word "brer" m eaning a briar hedge, and "leah," an area of land cleared for agriculture. In ef fect the name means a farm surrounded by a defensive band of thorn and briar bot h to keep the cattle in at night and brigands out! The surname is very early wit h recordings that include Roger de Brerley in the Court Rolls of the Manor of Wa kefield, Yorkshire, in 1325, and Johannes de Brerelay given as being a Freeman o f the city of York in 1377. Modern spellings of the surname according to the Int ernational Genalolocal Index include Brierly, Brearley, Briarly, Briarley, Breal ey, Brayley, Braley, Brailey, and probably others. Examples in surviving church registers include Margery Brealey christened on December 7th 1583, at St. Dunsta ns in the East, Stepney, and Anne Brayley who married Robert Fates on on 21st Se ptember 1693 at St James church, Dukes Place, Westminster. John Brearley, aged 4 0, was an Irish famine emigrant who sailed on the ship "Rochester of Liverpool" bound for New York on September 11th 1846. The first recorded spelling of the fa mily name is shown to be that of Ivetta de Brerelay, and dated 1248, in the Assi ze Court Rolls of the county of Staffordshire, during the reign of King Henry 11 1rd, 1216 - 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as the Poll Tax. Throughout the c enturies, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling. © Copyright: Name Origin Research 1980 - 2011

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