Type Surname (from occupation)
Usage English (American)
Other Forms FormsBraly, Brailey, Breilly
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Meaning & History
A New England variant spelling of Brailey. French: from a diminutive of Brael, from Old French braiel, a belt knotted at the waist to hold up breeches; presumably an occupational name for a maker of such belts. There may be some connection with Breilly (see Brallier).