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Where did the English Bradshaw family come from? What is the English Bradshaw family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bradshaw family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bradshaw family history?

The ancestors of the name Bradshaw date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in one of the settlements named Bradshaw in Derbyshire, Lancashire, and the West Riding of Yorkshire.

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Bradshaw has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Bradshaw, Bradshay, Bradshaigh, Bradshawe, Braidshaw and many more.

First found in Lancashire at Bradshaw, a chapelry in the parish and union of Bolton in the hundred of Salford, now part of Greater Manchester. The chapelry dates back to 1246 when it was listed as Bradeshaghe and literally meant "broad wood or copse" derived from the Old English brad + sceaga. [1] There is another Bradshaw in the West Riding of Yorkshire. This ecclesiastical district, in the parish and union of Halifax is much larger than the Lancashire chapelry, but little was found in relation to the surname.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bradshaw research. Another 399 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1513, 1602, 1669, 1602, 1659, 1628, 1684, 1660, 1679, 1613, 1685, 1636, 1702 and are included under the topic Early Bradshaw History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 157 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bradshaw Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Bradshaw family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 147 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bradshaws to arrive on North American shores:

Bradshaw Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Giles Bradshaw who settled in Virginia in 1622 with his wife and child
  • Hen Bradshaw, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Robert Bradshaw, who landed in Virginia in 1640
  • Humphrey Bradshaw, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1642
  • Richard Bradshaw, who landed in Virginia in 1643


Bradshaw Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Anne Bradshaw, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Eliza Bradshaw, who landed in Virginia in 1714

Bradshaw Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Bradshaw, who arrived in America in 1801
  • George Bradshaw, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1831
  • James Bradshaw, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • J Bradshaw, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Helen Bradshaw, aged 33, arrived in New York in 1864


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  • Samuel Carey Bradshaw (1809-1872), American politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
  • Gillian Marucha Bradshaw (b. 1956), American writer of historical fiction, historical fantasy, children's literature, science fiction, and contemporary science-based novels
  • Terry Paxton Bradshaw (b. 1948), former American professional NFL football player, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989
  • Major-General Aaron Jr. Bradshaw (1894-1976), American Commanding General Anti-Aircraft Artillery 5th Army (1944 to 1945)
  • Benjamin Joseph Bradshaw (1879-1960), American Olympic gold medalist for wrestling at the 1904 games
  • George Bradshaw (1801-1853), English cartographer, printer and publisher and the originator of railway timetables
  • William Bradshaw (1830-1861), Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross for deeds with the English army in India in 1857
  • John Bradshaw (1602-1659), English judge
  • Mr. J.A. Bradshaw (d. 1912), aged 43, English Plate Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Granville Eastwood Bradshaw OBE, AFRAeS (1887-1969), English aero-engine designer

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  • Ancestors and Descendants of John H. Bradshaw and Scythia Enfield Fritter of Stafford County Virginia and Allied Families by J. Douglas Bradshaw.
  • Clara Harmon Bradshaw; Her American Ancestors and Her Descendants by Mary Frances Bradshaw Dittrich.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Qui vit content tient assez
Motto Translation: He who lives contentedly has enough.

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

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  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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  10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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The Bradshaw Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bradshaw Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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