Hi. I am Ken Brickell and I was born in Abertillery, Gwent, South Wales, U.K. My father was Charles Edgar Brickell and he was a coal miner. I was always told that the family went back to Shaftsbury, Dorset. I saw a gents clothes shop in Ryde on the Isle of Wight with the name Brickell. I asked for the owner and was told he was away for the day, but that he came from Shaftsbury. I have also been told that the family originated in Belgium and that the original family name was something like Briquelle. That probably does not help you at all, but I thought I would reply anyway. Good luck with the search, Ken.