Bradbury History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Bradbury surname lived in the county of Chester, 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. [1]

Early Origins of the Bradbury family

The surname Bradbury was first found in Greater Manchester at Bredbury, a suburban town within the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport. [2] Historically a township, in the parish and union of Stockport, hundred of Macclesfield, N. division of the county of Chester, Bredbury dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Brethberie. [3]

"The manor was held under the Stockports, by the family of Bredbury, whose heiress brought a moiety of it to the Ardens." [4] Another reference claims the place name meant "stronghold or manor-house built of planks," from the Old English words "bred" + "burgh." [5]

Some of the first listings of the family were found in Cheshire: Jordan de Bredbury in 1270; Adam de Bredbury in 1332. [2]

Important Dates for the Bradbury family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bradbury research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1672, 1679, 1925, 1872, 1950, 1696, 1688, 1677, 1759, 1615, 1700, 1692, 1450, 1530, 1439, 1510, 1509, 1555, 1615 and 1601 are included under the topic Early Bradbury History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bradbury Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Bradbury are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bradbury include: Bradbury, Bradberry, Braidbury and others.

Early Notables of the Bradbury family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include George Bradbury (d.1696), an English judge, appointed to the bench of the Court of Exchequer in 1688, and continued in office until his death; Thomas Bradbury (1677-1759), an English congregational minister; and Mary Perkins Bradbury (1615-1700) was tried, convicted and sentenced to hang as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, but the sentence was never carried out after...
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Bradbury migration to the United States

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bradbury or a variant listed above:

Bradbury Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Bradbury, who settled in Maine in 1630
  • John Bradbury, who arrived in Virginia in 1656 [6]
  • Sarah Bradbury, aged 8, who arrived in Maryland in 1682 [6]
  • Ellinor Bradbury who settled in Maryland in 1682 with her husband Roger, three sons and two daughters
  • Elizabeth Bradbury, who landed in Maryland in 1682 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bradbury Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Bradbury, who settled in Boston in 1700
  • Mich Bradbury, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [6]
  • John Bradbury, who landed in America in 1760-1763 [6]
Bradbury Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Abraham Bradbury, aged 42, who arrived in New York in 1812 [6]
  • Matthew Bradbury, who landed in New York in 1824 [6]
  • James Bradbury, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837 [6]
  • Thomas Bradbury, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [6]
  • William Bradbury, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bradbury migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bradbury Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • J Bradbury, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Bradbury migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bradbury Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Stephen Bradbury, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]
  • Ann Bradbury, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [8]
  • John Bradbury, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bruce" in 1846 [9]
  • George Bradbury, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bussorah Merchant" in 1848 [10]
  • Catherine Bradbury, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"

Bradbury migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bradbury Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Bradbury, (b. 1833), aged 28, British farm labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Mystery" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th January 1862 [11]
  • Miss Sarah Bradbury, (b. 1842), aged 19, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mystery" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th January 1862 [11]
  • William Bradbury, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Jane Bradbury, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Mary Bradbury, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Bradbury (post 1700)

  • John Morin "Jack" Bradbury (1914-2004), American animator and comic book artist, responsible for key scenes in the Disney movies Bambi, Fantasia, and Pinocchio
  • Norris Edwin Bradbury (1909-1997), American physicist, Director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (1945-1970)
  • Bill Bradbury (b. 1949), American politician, 23rd Oregon Secretary of State (1999-2009), 51st President of the Oregon State Senate (1993-1994)
  • William Batchelder Bradbury (1816-1868), American Christian musician and hymn writer, best known for his tune Jesus Loves Me
  • Andy Bradbury (b. 1980), American professional football player
  • Raymond Douglas "Ray" Bradbury (1920-2012), American literary, fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer awarded a special citation in 2007 by the Pulitzer Prize jury
  • Robert North Bradbury (1886-1949), American film director and screen-writer
  • John Swanwick Bradbury (1872-1950), English economist and public servant, created 1st Baron Bradbury in 1925, Joint Permanent Secretary to the Treasury from 1913 to 1919, treasury notes signed with his name have been known as "Bradburys" or "Bradbury Pounds"
  • John "Brad" Bradbury (1953-2015), English drummer and record producer, best known for having been the drummer in the English ska group The Specials
  • Jason Bradbury (b. 1969), English television presenter and children's author
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY BRUCE 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846LadyBruce.htm
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUSSORAH MERCHANT 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848BussorahMerchant.htm
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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