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Origins Available: English, Irish
The present generation of the Bradley family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in Lincolnshire, where they held estates in the village and parish of Bradley, and from which they derived their family name. The name refers to the local "broad ley" meaning "broad meadow" and for this there are many, many parishes, townships, hamlets with this name throughout England. However, the first record of the name appears in the Poll Tax Records of Lincolnshire where William de Bradelai was listed in 1170.
The surname Bradley was first found in Lincolnshire. However, there are at least fifteen parishes and towns that have "Bradley" as part of their name throughout Britain. Most are very small, but three of them date back to the Domesday Book of 1086: Bradley, Derbyshire (Braidelei); Bradley, Maiden Wiltshire (Bradelie) and Bradley in the Moors, Staffordshire (Bretlei.)  A reference to the family in the township of Wilpshire in Lancashire was also found. "This place appears to have been the property of the Braddylls, and of the monks of Whalley." 
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Bradley include Bradley, Bradlie, Bradleigh, Bradly, Bradeley and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bradley research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1596, 1673, 1628 and are included under the topic Early Bradley History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bradley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Bradley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Bradley were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Bradley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Richard Bradley settled in Maryland in 1634
- Daniell Bradley, aged 29, arrived in New England in 1635
- Dorothy Bradley, who landed in Virginia in 1638
- Francis Bradley settled in New Haven, Conn. in 1650
- Bartholomew Bradley settled in Virginia in 1650
Bradley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Nathan Bradley, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1701
- Tho Bradley, who landed in Virginia in 1704
- Mary Bradley, who arrived in Georgia in 1738
- Jno Bradley, who landed in Virginia in 1769-1770
- Robert Bradley, who arrived in New York in 1795
Bradley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Patk Bradley, who landed in America in 1805
- Cath Bradley, who landed in America in 1805
- Henry Bradley, who arrived in South Carolina in 1809
- Francis Bradley, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
- James Bradley, who landed in America in 1811
Bradley Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- William Bradley settled in Carbonear in 1675
Bradley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Richard Bradley settled in Bonavista in 1787
- John Bradley settled in St. John's in 1798
Bradley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Mary Bradley, aged 45, a widow, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast
- Charles Bradley, aged 17, a shoemaker, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast
- Mary Ann Bradley, aged 15, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast
- Eliza Bradley, aged 10, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast
- Elizabeth Bradley, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Silestria" from Belfast
Bradley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Joseph Bradley, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Richard Bradley, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- William Bradley, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Patrick Bradley, a cooper, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
- Patrick Bradley, a cooper, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
Bradley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Francis Bradley landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
- Elizabeth Bradley, aged 34, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
- William Bradley, aged 12, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
- James Bradley, aged 10, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
- Charlotte Bradley, aged 6, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
- Major-General James Lester Bradley (1891-1957), American Chief of Staff, 4th Army (1940-1942)
- Major-General Follett Bradley (1890-1952), American Air Inspector, Headquarters U.S. Army Air Forces, Washington, D.C. (1943-1944)
- Major-General Joseph Sladen Bradley (1900-1961), American Commanding General 25th Division, Korea (1948-1951)
- General of the Army Omar Nelson Bradley (1893-1981), American Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff (1949-1953)
- Captain Willis Winter Bradley (1884-1954), Naval officer, a recipient of the Medal of Honor
- William Warren "Bill" Bradley (b. 1943), American hall of fame basketball player, Rhodes scholar, and former three-term Democratic U.S. Senator
- Bill Bradley (b. 1943), American politician and professional Basketball Player, Democratic senator from New Jersey
- Edward Rudolph Bradley (1941-2006), American broadcast journalist best known for twenty-six years of award-winning work on the CBS News television magazine 60 Minutes
- Milton Bradley (1836-1911), American draftsman, lithographer and entrepreneur, best known as the founder of the Milton Bradley Company, makers of family board games
- Lieutenant George Bradley (1881-1942), United States Navy officer and a recipient of America's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor
- The Ancestors of Leland Shaw Bradley by Leland Shaw Bradley.
- The Bradley Family by Frederick W. Bradley.
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: Vigilance et audax
Motto Translation: Vigilant and bold.
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The Bradley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bradley 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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