Origin of the name Braintree

 When friends and relatives come to visit they always ask about the town of Braintree and where the name comes from. I think most towns in the early colonies were named for places in England, and Braintree is one of those. While reading one of my British mysteries The town of Braintree came up as a location. So I went to Wikipedia to see if I could finally answer the question that everyon asks. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about the origin of the name:

The origin of the name Braintree is obscure. One theory is that Braintree was originally Branoc’s tree, Branoc apparently being an ancient name. Another theory is that the name is derived from that of Rayne, which was actually the more important settlement in Norman times. Braintree, Essex was also called Brantry and Branchetreu[citation needed] in the Domesday Book and this means “town by the river”.[citation needed] The River Brain is another possible origin. “Tree” comes from the Saxon suffix, more usually spelt “try”, denoting a big village. In many early American Colonial documents, it is referred to as Branktry. The name “Braint” is well attested as a river name in Britain; there is a river of that name in Anglesey, and it may be conjectured that it was the name of the Blackwater in pre-Saxon times, although the Celtic name “Bran” is also used widely for rivers (derived from the British word for a crow and thought to refer to the dark or crow-black appearance of such a river, making it a good fit for a river now called “Blackwater”). Here again, the reference to a river would indicate that Braintree literally means “town (or village) by the river”. The suffix to either Braint or Bran is the common Britonnic “Tre” widely found in Wales and Cornwall, but also noted in towns such as Daventree, with the meaning of initially a farm or settlement and later a town. Another variation can be seen in various Medieval Latin legal records, where it appears as “Branktre”.[4]

See Wikipedia for more information about “Braintree, Essex”

I hope that helps to answer all those questions. 

Come Join the Jackson Square Artisans

We are Gloria Watanabe (the Boston Woman) & Janet Nelson, two Weymouth artisans, who want to share an exciting opportunity with you. We are developing plans for an Artists Boutique in Jackson Square in Weymouth. The boutique would feature the work of local artisans, who would each have their own dedicated space in the shop that they could design to highlight their work. We hope to have a variety of artists and wares to continually entice shoppers to spend time checking out all the different items and keep returning to see what’s new. A select group of artisans will be chosen to ensure that the boutique offers consistent quality and avoids multiple people selling similar products. Each artisan would help to staff the shop at least one day a month to build a connection with the community and create a rapport with customers who love to shop local.

We have been a part of temporary artists’ groups in neighboring towns and wanted to create a more permanent community here in Weymouth. We already have a mailing list of interested customers who have supported us in the past and can’t wait for our new boutique to open. We’ve found a unique home for our Jackson Square Artisans in a great location that would be perfect for this group, and give us plenty of opportunity for growth. The initial plan would have the shop operate Thursdays through Sundays with an opening day in the spring. The cost to participate would be approximately $75-$100 per month, depending on the number of artisans. This fee would cover all rent, utilities, insurance, advertising and maintenance. We are unable to accept any work on commission at this time.

Please feel free to pass on this information to any other artists, crafters or designers who may be interested. We’d love to share more about our ideas and details about the space! Please email me at artisansatb@gmail.com for more information.