Show ContentsBradburn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Bradburn name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Bradburn was originally derived from a family having lived in Bradbourne, a parish, partly in the hundred of Appletree, but chiefly in that of Wirksworth in Derbyshire. [1]

"The manor was one of those belonging to Henry de Ferrers at the time of the Domesday survey; in the reign of John it was conveyed to the Bradborne family, of whom Henry de Bradborne was executed at Pomfret, in 1322, for his adhesion to Thomas, Earl of Lancaster. " [2]

Listed as Bradeburne in the Domesday Book of 1086, [3] the place name literally means place at the broad stream from the Old English "brad" + "burna." [4] [5]

Early Origins of the Bradburn family

The surname Bradburn was first found in Kent, where John de Bradeburn was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1279. A few years later, Roger de Bradeburn was listed in the Assize Rolls for Staffordshire in 1286. [6]

Early History of the Bradburn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bradburn research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1540, 1573, 1662, 1751, 1816, 1787, 1842, 1831 and 1832 are included under the topic Early Bradburn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bradburn Spelling Variations

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 Bradburn include Bradbourn, Bradbourne, Bradborn, Bradborne, Bradburn and many more.

Early Notables of the Bradburn family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Samuel Bradburn (1751-1816), Methodist preacher, an associate of Wesley, and an intimate disciple of Fletcher of Madeley. He was the son of a private in the army, and was born at Gibraltar. On his father's return to England, when he was about twelve years old, he was apprenticed to a cobbler at Chester, and after a course of youthful profligacy became a Methodist at the age of eighteen, entered the itinerant ministry about three years later, and continued in it more than forty years till his death. Bradburn was, according to the testimony of all...
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Bradburn Ranking

In the United States, the name Bradburn is the 10,804th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [7]


United States Bradburn migration to the United States +

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:

Bradburn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Bradburn, who settled in New England in 1705
Bradburn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Geo. A. Bradburn, aged 33, who landed in America from Southampton, in 1893
  • Grace Bradburn, aged 3, who immigrated to the United States from Southampton, in 1893
  • J. Bradburn, aged 80, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Sarah Bradburn, aged 23, who landed in America from Southampton, in 1893
Bradburn Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Thomas Bradburn, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Edward Bradburn, aged 21, who immigrated to America from Plymouth, England, in 1906
  • Cath Bradburn, aged 11, who landed in America from Brighton, England, in 1911
  • William Bradburn, aged 42, who settled in America, in 1911
  • Sarah Bradburn, aged 46, who immigrated to America from Brighton, England, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Bradburn migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bradburn Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Linda Bradburn, aged 50, who immigrated to Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, in 1907
  • Mable Bradburn, aged 28, who immigrated to Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, in 1907
  • Lucy Bradburn, aged 42, who settled in Goderich, Canada, in 1914
  • Albert E. Bradburn, aged 43, who immigrated to Goderich, Ontario, Canada, in 1914
  • Leanore Thelma Bradburn, aged 24, who settled in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1919

Australia Bradburn migration to Australia +

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

Bradburn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Bradburn, British Labourer who was convicted in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Asia" on 5th November 1835, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land)1836 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bradburn (post 1700) +

  • George Bradburn (1806-1880), American politician and Unitarian minister
  • John Davis "Juan" Bradburn (1787-1842), American brigadier general in the Mexican Army
  • Norman M Bradburn, American social psychologist, faculty at the University of Chicago, and Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences at the National Science Foundation (2000-2004)
  • Samuel Bradburn (1751-1816), Gibraltor-born, English Methodist preacher, an associate of Wesley, and a disciple of Fletcher of Madeley [9]
  • George Bradburn (b. 1894), English footballer
  • Grant Eric Bradburn (b. 1966), New Zealand cricketer
  • Wynne Pennell Bradburn (1938-2008), New Zealand cricketer


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  5. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  6. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  7. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1835
  9. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019


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