Last name: Breeze

This unusual surname has two distinct possible sources, each with its own history and derivation. In the first instance, Breeze originated as a nickname for a particularly lively or irksome person, from the Middle English "breese", a development of the Olde English pre 7th Century "breosa", gadfly. The creation of surnames from nicknames was a widespread practice in the Middle Ages, and many modern-day surnames derive from medieval nicknames referring to a variety of personal characteristics; mental, moral, and physical. One William Brese was noted in the 1275 Records of the Manor of Wakefield, Yorkshire. Breeze may also be a patronymic of the Old Welsh personal name "Ris" or "Rhys" meaning "ardour, fiery warrior". Recorded as "Hris" in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, dated 1052, and as "Rees" in the Domesday Book of 1086. This name was borne by the last ruler of an independent kingdom of Wales, Rhys ap Tewder, who died in 1093 unsuccessfully opposing the Norman advance. One William Res and a John Rees were recorded in Lincolnshire and Suffolk in 1203 and 1288, respectively. The forms Breese and Breeze result from the fusion of the Welsh patronymic prefix "ap, ab" with the personal name. A Coat of Arms granted to the Brees(e) or Breeze family is a blue shield with a silver lion rampant, the Crest being a gold stag standing at gaze. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Roger Brese, which was dated 1210, in the "Pipe Rolls of Norfolk", during the reign of King John, known as "Lackland", 1199 - 1216. 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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david breeze from Manchester

I to cant belive how the breeze sure name is wow

John Whitley Breeze

I'm from the Appalachia region, USA and have never met another Breeze outside of family. I've been told my descendants came to this region from Scotland in the 1700s. It's my goal to one day visit Scotland and learn more about my ancestry.

Lisa Breeze

I am Lisa Jayne Breeze from Nottingham. So many Breezes in one place ,

Samantha Breeze

Hey! I'm Samantha Breeze from Portsmouth - I can't believe how spread out the Breeze's are!

Thomas Garfield breeze
My name is Thomas Garfield breeze from Devon

gary breeze
im gary breeze from tyldesley

Is Breeze the same as Breezee? My grandmother's maiden surname is Breezee.

Jayson Breeze
Hi I'm JaysonBreeze breeze from Kent

Kelly grove
My grandma was Lillian Breeze from Yorkshire

Hi Kelly, I believe that Lillian breeze was also my grandma, can we chat pls to see if I have located the right one.
Thank you

Daniel Breeze

Different person and spelling but my nan is Lily Breeze. Outside of the family I have never met another Breeze, so strange to see another Lilly!

Graham Breeze
There 's lots of us Breeze's in Nottingham. Originally, you got it, from Norfolk, I say originally, I mean 1800. Still working on it

chelsee breeze
so what is Breeze family then ?

Mike Breeze
Now I am totally confused. Is Breeze from Scottish or Welsh origin? Please enlighten me

Beth Breeze
Bethany Breeze from god knows where. i've lived in so many places, but yeah! My dad's from Scotland, he's the true born and bred Breeze. As far as I know, we have family in Scotland and Canada, not to mention around England too. Guess we all have celtic roots!

Neil Breeze
I'm Neil Breeze, from Stoke on Trent, England! Nice to see so many other Breeze's here!

Shawn Breeze
Any connection??? How does one find out? Shawn Breeze from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Grandfather Theodore 'Teddy' Breeze from Great Britian, but don't know where.

Nicholas and Claudia Breeze
Thought we'd join the party!! from Bath UK

Kerry Dawn Breeze
Hi I am Kerry Dawn Breeze from Alicante Spain