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Bragg Coat of Arms / Bragg Family Crest

Bragg Coat of Arms / Bragg Family Crest

The surname of BRAGG was a nickname 'the BRAGGART' a boaster, one full of spirit and one who was bold. Early records of the name mention Henry Brag, 1273, County Cambridge. Edward Bragge of London, registered at Oxford University in the year 1573. John Bragg and Mary Terry were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1795. Edward Jones and Mary Bragger were married at the same church in 1809. The English scientists Sir William Bragg (1862-1942) and his son, Sir Lawrence Bragg (1890-1971) who shared the Nobel prize for physics in 1915, came of a Cumbrian family from near Wigton, whose members had been farmers for generations. The earliest hereditary surnames in England are found shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066 and are of Norman French origin rather than native English. On the arrival of the Normans they identified themselves by references to the estates from which they came from in northern France. These names moved rapidly on with their bearers into Scotland and Ireland. Others of the Norman Invaders took names from the estates in England which they had newly acquired. During the Middle Ages, when people were unable to read or write, signs were needed for all visual identification. For several centuries city streets in Britain were filled with signs of all kinds, public houses, tradesmen and even private householders found them necessary. This was an age when there were no numbered houses, and an address was a descriptive phrase that made use of a convenient landmark. At this time, coats of arms came into being, for the practical reason that men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way. A notable member of the name was Braxton BRAGG (1817-76). He was the American soldier, born in Warrenton, North Carolina. A Confederate general, he commanded in several battles of the Civil War, but though successful at Chickamauga, the hardest-fought battle in the war, his tenure of command was ultimately disappointing.

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last updated on: September 13 2018

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