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About the study
The registered variants are Brackston Braxton Braxtone Braxstone and Breakstone.
If one is looking for a particular Brackstone especially in a census and you cannot find them, then try 'Blackstone', I found my family in Lambeth under that name. A possible reason is that in our language there are very few words beginning brack, namely bracken,bracket and brackish all words used infrequently and therefore rarely heard. On the other hand the word black is used extensively especially as a prefix, so we hear the sound more often and are much more likely to mishear and misspell the surname. If you add in variations of dialect and any background noise then the name is misspelled and even today I have a constant battle to get my name spelled correctly.
Distribution of the name
In the 1881 census and the IGI , the epicentre is in or around the triangle bounded by Marlborough in NE. Wilts. to Hungerford in SW. Berks. and Andover in NW Hants. with other small centres in London and Bristol The groups in Durham, Roxboroughshire, and Glamorgan are migrants from Hampshire
The Braxton name seems to predominate in Wilts.
There is a Braxton County in West Virginia and this variant seems to be the dominant form and the largest group in the USA., in the world even, where the name is also used as a christian name
A lot of the early BMD entries from the GRO. have been recorded.
The One-Name study has many marriage partners from 1837 to 1911 together with many county BM+D indexes
Some pedigrees have been lodged.