Bryant family crest
Colors on the Bryant family crest explained
Argent (silver) - represents peacefulness and sincerity, things the Bryant family were well known for.
Or (Gold) - symbolizes the historical generosity of this ancient family.
Azure (blue) - represents the Bryant family's loyalty and truthful nature.
Gules (red) - signifies martyrdom and the historic military strength of the Bryant's when called upon.
Symbols on the Bryant family crest explained
The cross on the shield represents the crucifixion of Christ and stands as a connection to the early family members strong religious beliefs.
The lozenge (diamond shape) - represents how the family were people of tavel and hard work.
The cinqfoil shape with five flowering edges - symbolizes joy and hope.
The saltire cross flag - represents the crucifixion of Christ and stands as a connection to the early family members strong religious beliefs
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Origins of the Bryant family name
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Summary of the Bryant family and the Bryant family crest
- The Bryant family name is thought to be of Norman origin, derived from the Old French word "bryant", meaning "strong" or "brave".
- The first recorded use of the Bryant surname dates back to the 11th century, in the form of "de Bryene".
- The Bryant family name was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from very early times.
- They were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
- The Bryant family were also based in the English county of Devon from early times.
- In the 14th century, a branch of the Bryant family settled in Ireland, where they anglicised their name to "Brien", and became somewhat mixed with the native Gaelic O'Brien's already in Ireland.
- The Bryant name also has Welsh origins, deriving from the Old Welsh personal name "Brychan".
- The first recorded use of the Welsh form of the name dates back to the 13th century.
- Over the centuries the name has been spelled in various ways, including Briant, Briante, Brient, Bryent, Bryante, Bryantt and Bryaunt.
- The Bryant surname is also found in the United States, where it was first used by settlers from England and Ireland.
- The first Bryant in America was probably John Bryant, who immigrated to Virginia in 1620.
- He was followed by many other Bryants, who settled in various parts of the country.
- The name became particularly associated with the state of Massachusetts, where the family established itself in the town of Sandwich.
- The Bryants were active in the community, and several members of the family served in public office.
- Over the years, the name became synonymous with hard working family members who helped to build the foundation of America.
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