The ancestors of the name Bradbourn date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the region of Bradbour or of Bradbourne
. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old English expression dweller by the wide stream.
Early Origins of the Bradbourn family
The surname Bradbourn was first found in Derbyshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Bradbourn family
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Bradbourn Spelling Variations
Bradbourn has been spelled many different ways. 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. Many variations of the name Bradbourn have been found, including Bradbourn, Bradbourne, Bradborn, Bradborne, Bradburn and many more.
Early Notables of the Bradbourn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bradbourn family to the New World and Oceana
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 Bradbourns to arrive on North American shores: Thomas Bradburne who settled in Virginia in 1663; Thomas Bradborn who settled in Virginia in 1732; John Bradburn settled in New England
Contemporary Notables of the name Bradbourn (post 1700)
- Philip Bradbourn OBE MEP (1951-2014), British politician, Member of the European Parliament (1999-2014)