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Early Origins of the Brad family

The surname Brad was first found in Cheshire where "in the township of Davenham, [the family] was settled from a remote period the family of La Bret, which terminated in a direct line in Richard Breete of Davenham, early in the 16th century. Hamund la Bret witnessed the grant of Little Mereton to Gralam de Lostock, temp. Henry III.; and Richard le Brette de Daneham occurs among the contributors to the feast on the consecration of Vale Royal Abbey, A.D. 1336." [1]

In Scotland, the variant Braid was typically seen or extensions there of. "The name of a family which once possessed extensive territories on the south side of Edinburgh and took their surname from their lands. The first of the name recorded is Henry de Brade, who appears in the middle of the twelfth century as owner of not only the Braid Hills, but also of Blackford Hill, the Plewlands, and Bavelaw. He was sheriff of Edinburgh in the reign of William the Lion, and as Henricus de Brade marescallus, witnessed the gift of a toft in Stirling to the church of Glasgow by William the Lion before 1199. He and his successors were proprietors of the Braids for nearly two hundred years, and with one exception they all used the patronymic Henry. In the reign of William the Lion, probably about the year 1200, Henry de Brade, sheriff of Edinburgh, was witness to a gift of the church of Boeltun by William de Ueteri ponte, son and heir of William de Ueteri ponte and Emma de Sancto Hylario to the church of the Holy Rood of Castle of Maidens and the canons serving the same. Before 1214 he witnessed a gift by Robert de Lyne to the monks of Neubotle, and before 1220 he is one of the witnesses to a charter by John de Morham to the same monks. [2]

Early History of the Brad family

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Brad Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Brad, Baid, Bread, Braed, Bradd, Bred, Breed, Bredd and many more.

Early Notables of the Brad family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir Henry Braid; and William Brade (1560-1630) an English composer, violinist, and viola player. He moved to northern Germany where he worked for the Brandenburg court, and for King Christian IV in Copenhagen. "He was living at Hamburg on 19...
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United States Brad migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brad Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Swen Hockeson Brad, who landed in Delaware in 1649 [3]
  • Walter Brad, who landed in Virginia in 1662 [3]

New Zealand Brad 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:

Brad Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Benjamin Brad, British settler as part of the 8th Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Brad (post 1700) +

  • J. Brad DeLange, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Democrats Abroad, 2004
  • Ricky Brad Sober (b. 1953), former American professional basketball player
  • Brad Tapper (b. 1978), Canadian former professional ice hockey right winger from Scarborough, Ontario
  • Brad William Henke (1966-2022), American actor and National Football League and Arena Football League player, best known for his role as Corrections Officer Desi Piscatella on Orange Is the New Black, for which he won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance
  • Brad Loper (b. 1970), American photojournalist, best known for winning the Pulitzer Prize for his breaking news photography during Hurricane Katrina in 2005
  • Brad Hildabrand, Deputy Director of the U.S. Army. Veterinary Corps
  • Brad Martin (1973-2022), American country music singer-songwriter, best known for his No. 15 single "Before I Knew Better"
  • Brad K. Gsell, American President of The Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions
  • Brad Pye Jr. (1929-2020), American sports journalist and broadcaster in Los Angeles, California
  • Brad Gobright (1988-2019), American free solo climber; he died from a fall on the El Sendero Luminoso climb

  1. Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. 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)
  4. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from on Facebook