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Family name origins & meanings

  • French : from a derivative of Old French braz ‘arm’, possibly applied as a nickname for someone of exceptional strength or a pugilist.
  • French : metonymic occupational name for an armorer, from brassard ‘armor for the arm’.
  • French : occupational name for a brewer, from a derivative of brasser ‘to brew (beer)’.
  • French : A bearer of the name from Normandy is recorded in Quebec city in 1637. The secondary surnames Deschenaux and Bordet are documented in 1711 and 1723, respectively.