This interesting name, with variant spellings Brasher, Brashier, Bra(i)zier and Brazer, derives from the Old English pre 7th Century "Broesian" or "Brasian" meaning "to cast in brass" and was originally given as an occupational name to a worker in brass. The surname is first recorded in the latter half of the 13th Century, (see below). One, William Brasier appears in the 1327 "Subsidy Rolls of Essex" and a Thomas Brasyer in the 1381 "Assize Court Rolls of Cambridgeshire". The -er suffix attached to the name comes from the Old English -ere meaning "one who does or works with (something)". One Isacke Brazier was christened at St. Andrew's, Holborn, in London, on July 25th 1622, and the marriage of Thomas Brazier and Elizabeth Manrice was recorded at St. James's, Duke's Place, London, on May 21st 1688. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard le Brazur, which was dated 1273, in the "Hundred Rolls of Shropshire", during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Bracer — Bra cer, n. 1. That which braces, binds, or makes firm; a band or bandage. [1913 Webster] 2. A covering to protect the arm of the bowman from the vibration of the string; also, a brassart. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 3. A medicine, as an astringent… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bracer — (n.) early 14c., piece of armor protecting the arm; 1580s, a clamp, bind, brace, from BRACE (Cf. brace) (n.). Figurative sense of that which braces the nerves is 1740; especially of alcoholic drinks from c.1850. Related: Bracers …   Etymology dictionary

  • bracer — bracer1 [brā′sər] n. [ME < OFr brasseure < bras, arm < L brachium: see BRACE1] Archery a leather guard worn on the arm holding the bow, for protection against the bowstring bracer2 [brā′sər] n. 1. a person or thing that braces ☆ 2. Slang …   English World dictionary

  • Bracer — A bracer (or arm guard) is a strap or sheath, commonly made of leather, stone, or plastic that covers the inside of an archer s arm to protect it while shooting. Bracers keep the inside of the archer s forearm from getting hurt by the string of… …   Wikipedia

  • bracer — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French *bracer, from braz arm, from Latin bracchium Date: 14th century an arm or wrist protector especially for use by an archer II. noun Date: 1579 1. one that braces, binds, or makes firm 2. a drink …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bracer — noun a) That which braces, binds, or makes firm; a band or bandage. To prevent the bow string from hanging on the left arm, it is covered with a piece of smooth leather, fastened on the outside of the arm, this is called a bracer. b) A covering… …   Wiktionary

  • bracer — bracer1 /bray seuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that braces, binds, or makes firm. 2. Informal. a stimulating drink, esp. one of liquor. [1570 80; BRACE + ER1] bracer2 /bray seuhr/, n. Archery. a guard or band worn over the wrist of the bow hand to …   Universalium

  • Bracer — The piece of armour protection for the upper and lower parts of the knight s arms. The word carries the sense of two, as in a brace of pheasant. Cf. Vambrace1 …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • bracer — Synonyms and related words: advocate, alpenstock, analeptic, arm, athletic supporter, back, backbone, backing, bandeau, bearer, bra, brace, bracing, bracket, brassiere, buttress, cane, carrier, cervix, cordial, corset, crook, crutch, enlivenment …   Moby Thesaurus

  • bracer — bra|cer Mot Agut Nom masculí …   Diccionari Català-Català

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