Brake Family History
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Brake Name Meaning
English: topographic name for someone who lived by a clump of bushes or by a patch of bracken. Brake ‘thicket’ and brake ‘bracken’ were homonyms in Middle English. The first is from Old English bracu; the second is by folk etymology from northern Middle English braken, -en being taken as a plural ending. After the words had fallen together, their senses also became confused. North German: habitational name from any of several places so named, notably the town on the Weser, or a topographic name from Middle Low German brak ‘clearing’, ‘coppice’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press
Similar surnames: Drake, Rake, Blake, Lake, Brace, Brakel, Bake, Braker, Brack, Brede