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Brabasson Coat of Arms / Brabasson Family Crest

Brabasson Coat of Arms / Brabasson Family Crest

The surname BRABASSON was a locational name for someone from the duchy of Brabant, but by the thirteenth century, it was also an occupational name for a mercenary, specifically a member of one of the more or less independent marauding bands of mercenaries, noted for their lawlessness and cruelty, who originated in Brabant but in the course of time accepted recruits from almost anywhere The earliest of the name recorded was Tomas Brabazon, listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. Many of the early names recorded in medieval documents denote noble families but many also indicate migration from the continent during, and in the wake of, the Norman invasion of 1066. There was a constant stream of merchants, workmen and others arriving in England during this time. In 1086 the Record of Great Inquisition of lands of England, their extent, value, ownership and liabilities was made by order of William The Conqueror. It is known as the Domesday Book. Other records of the name mention Thomas Brabezon, 1273, County Yorkshire. Roger le Brabazonn of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Henry Brabazon of County Warwickshire, registered at Oxford University in the year 1601. Barbabas Brabazon and Hester Knewstub were married at St. Michael, Cornhill, London in 1715. 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. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory, Ulster King of Arms in 1884.

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