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Sir Ralf of Bracebridge (born 975), of Bracebridge (Lincs), is said to be the earliest person recorded with this surname.
In 1206, Thomas de Arden (see ARDEN) claimed Kingsbury, as a descendant in the male line from Thurkil, whereas Kingsbury had by then long since passed through the female line to the Bracebridge family. His claim failed, as Kingsbury had been acquired by Thurkill though his 2nd marriage, whereas Thomas de Arden was descended from the first. But the deposition resulted in a useful source for determining the descent in both lines. Thomas quitclaimed (1208), see Curia Regis, Trinity Term, 10.John, Roll 48, membrane 9.
[BRAC451] Peter de Bracebridge m. [ARDE452] Amice de Arden of Kingsbury . [BRAC461] William de Bracebridge of Kingsbury m. ? . . [BRAC471] Sir Ralph de Bracebridge of Kingsbury m. Eva . . . [BRAC482] Maud de Bracebridge of Kingsbury m. [CLIN481] Thomas de Clinton
[BRAC451] Sir Peter de Bracebridge, married (c.1115-30) [ARDE452] Amice de Arden (see ARDEN). Amice eventually succeeded her two younger nieces, to acquire Kingsbury.
[BARC461] William de Bracebridge (2nd son of Peter), of Kingsbury, a judge, married Amice.
[BRAC471] Sir Ralph de Bracebridge (born c.1190, son of William), of Kingsbury, married Eva.
[BRAC482] Maud/Matilda de Bracebridge (daughter of Ralph), married (c.1254) [CLIN481] Thomas de Clinton (see CLINTON).