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The surname of BREASLEY was a baptismal name 'the son of Rees' from the Welsh Ab-Rees, a familiar surname on the Welsh border. The name was derived from the Old English 'breosa'. The name is also spelt BREEZE, BREESLEY, BRASLEY, BREESE and BRASELEY. Early records of the name mention Roger Bresem 1219 county Norfolk. William Brese, 1275 Wakefield, Yorkshire. Robert Breeze of Poulton, County Chester (Yeoman) was listed in the Wills at Chester in 1660. David Breese of London, registered at Oxford University in 1621. William Green married Elizabeth Breese at St. George's Chapel, Mayfair, London in 1729. The small villages of Europe, or royal and noble households, even large religious dwellings and monasteries gave rise to many family names, which reflected the occupation or profession of the original bearer of the name. Following the Crusades in Europe in the 11th 12th and 13th centuries a need was felt for an additional name. This was recognized by those of gentle birth, who realised that it added prestige and practical advantage to their status. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. A notable member of the name is Arthur Edward (Scobie) BREASLEY, born in 1914, the Australian jockey and trainer, born in Wagga Wagga. A successful rider for over 20 years before coming to Britain in 1950, he was retained to ride for the stable of Sir Gordon Richards in 1956. He retired as a jockey in 1968, but made the move to trainer, winning the Irish Derby in 1972. Throughout all of Europe the wolf was one of the animals most revered in medieval times. Lycanthropy, the transformation of men into wolves, was widely believed in during the middle ages, and was often used in coat armour, as in the arms depicted here. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error.

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