Thomas Bracken

about 1581–before 1700 (Age 119)
Lancashire, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Thomas

When Thomas Bracken was born about 1581, in Lancashire, England, United Kingdom, his father, William Bracken, was 31 and his mother, Caroline McCracken, was 29. He married Margaret Benison (Bracken) on 30 October 1601, in Lancaster, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He died before 1700, in England, United Kingdom, at the age of 118, and was buried in Saint Marys, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.

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Thomas Bracken
Margaret Benison (Bracken)
Marriage: 30 October 1601
Richard Bracken
John Bracken
Jinett Bracken
Alice Bracken
Christopher Bracken

Spouse and Children

30 October 1601
Lancaster, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom


Parents and Siblings



    William Bracken


    Henry Bracken


    William Bracken



    Christopher Bracken


+2 More Children

Name Meaning

1 Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Breacáin ‘descendant of Breacán’, a personal name from a diminutive of breac ‘speckled’, ‘spotted’, which was borne by a 6th-century saint who lived at Ballyconnel, County Cavan, and was famous as a healer; St. Bricin's Military Hospital, Dublin is named in his honor.2 English: topographic name from Middle English braken ‘bracken’ (from Old English bræcen or Old Norse brakni), or a habitational name from a place named with this word, such as Bracken in East Yorkshire or Bracon Ash in Norfolk.3 German: especially in the north, probably a topographic name from Middle Low German brake ‘brushwood’, ‘fallow land’, ‘copse’, an element of many field and place names.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Thome in entry for Christoffer Bracken, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Thome in entry for Christopher Bracken, "England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991"
  • Tho. in entry for Alise Bracken, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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