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

The Anglo-Saxon name Bradberry comes from when the family resided in Durham, where they derived their name from the town of Bredbury. The town's name is derived from the Old English words bred or brade which means broad and byrig, the original form of burh, which means fort. Thus, the name denotes the dweller at the broad fort.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bradberry include Bradbury, Bradberry, Braidbury and others.

First found in Durham, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bradberry research. Another 145 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1696, 1688, 1677, 1759, 1615, 1700 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Bradberry History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 167 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bradberry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Bradberry Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • William Bradberry, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Thos. Bradberry, aged 61, who landed in America from London, in 1892
  • Emilie Bradberry, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895

Bradberry Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Sarah E. Bradberry, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1908
  • William Bradberry, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Sarah E. Bradberry, aged 49, who settled in America, in 1914
  • Randall Bradberry, aged 43, who landed in America, in 1914
  • Mrs R. T Bradberry, aged 40, who emigrated to America, in 1915


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  • Gary Bradberry (b. 1961), American NASCAR All-Pro Series race car driver
  • Charlie Bradberry (1982-2006), American NASCAR driver
  • Joe Bradberry (b. 1980), American professional football player
  • David Bradberry (1736-1803), English nonconformist minister


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The Bradberry Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bradberry 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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