Brave

Recorded as Brave, Bravey, Bravy, Bravery, Bravo and Bravi, this unusual surname is English, but of probably Spanish or Portuguese and ultimately Roman (Latin) origins. If so then it was probably introduced into the British Isles during the medieval period when links between England and Portugal were very close. The literal meaning is "one who is fierce", and as such it was probably a descriptive nickname for a soldier or sailor. The development is from the word "bravo", the modern spelling being a form of patronymic or diminutive implying son of Bravo, or Little Bravo. There are a number of continental coats of arms for the surname in Spain, Italy and Holland. The name recordings in Britain include the following examples - Elizabeth Bravy christened at the church of All Hallows the Less, in the city of Londoon, on August 3rd 1578, John Brave, christened at St Botolpsh without Bishopgate, on July 15th 1608, John Bravey, who married Elizabeth Galle at St Mary le Bone, on April 10th 1694, Susannah Bravery who married Jonathan Greek at St. Dunstans in the East, Stepney, on August 27th 1760. 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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  • brave — brave …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • brave — [ brav ] adj. et n. • 1549; « courageux, orgueilleux, noble, beau, excellent, etc. » jusqu au XVIIe; it. et esp. bravo, du lat. barbarus → barbare 1 ♦ Courageux au combat, devant un ennemi. ⇒ vaillant. « Marat était audacieux, mais nullement… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • brave — BRAVE. adj. des 2 g. Vaillant, qui a beaucoup de valeur, beaucoup de courage. Brave Soldat. Brave Capitaine. Il est brave, brave comme son épée, comme l épée qu il porte. Il n est brave qu enparoles. On dit ironiquement d Un fanfaron, qu Il est… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • brave´ly — brave «brayv», adjective, brav|er, brav|est, noun, verb, braved, brav|ing. –adj. 1. without fear; having courage; showing courage: »brave knights. Bravest of all in Fredericktown (John Greenleaf Whittier). 2. m …   Useful english dictionary

  • Brave — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Brave Álbum de Jennifer Lopez Publicación 2007 …   Wikipedia Español

  • Brave — may refer to: *Bravery * Brave (1988 album), a Late 1988 album by Kate Ceberano * Brave (album), a 1994 album by Marillion * Brave (2005 album), a 2005 album by Nichole Nordeman * Brave (2005 song), a 2005 song by Nichole Nordeman * Brave… …   Wikipedia

  • brave — BRAVE. adj. de tout genre, Fort vaillant. Brave Soldat. brave Capitaine. il est brave. il fait le brave, & ne l est pas. il n est brave qu en paroles. En ce sens il est quelquefois subst. Tous nos Braves se signalerent en cette occasion. c est un …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Brave — Brave, a. [Compar. {Braver}; superl. {Bravest}.] [F. brave, It. or Sp. bravo, (orig.) fierce, wild, savage, prob. from. L. barbarus. See {Barbarous}, and cf. {Bravo}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Bold; courageous; daring; intrepid; opposed to {cowardly};… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brave — adj Brave, courageous, unafraid, fearless, intrepid, valiant, valorous, dauntless, undaunted, doughty, bold, audacious are comparable when they mean having or showing no fear when faced with something dangerous, difficult, or unknown. Brave… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Brave — Studioalbum von Marillion Veröffentlichung 7. Februar 1994 (Album) 7. Oktober 1998 (Doppel CD) Label EMI Records …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • brave — Brave, com. gen. penac. Est dit celuy ou celle qui s habille pompeusement, Qui splendido ornatu vtitur, Il vient de ce mot Grec {{t=g}}brabês,{{/t}} qui vient de {{t=g}}brabéuô,{{/t}} signifiant aussi porter le signe de victoire au poing, parce… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

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