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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.

Bradbury Early Origins



The surname Bradbury was first found in Greater Manchester at Bredbury, a suburban town within the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport. 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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
"The manor was held under the Stockports, by the family of Bredbury, whose heiress brought a moiety of it to the Ardens." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Another reference claims the place name meant "stronghold or manor-house built of planks," from the Old English words "bred" + "burgh." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Bradbury Spelling Variations


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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.

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Bradbury Early History


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Bradbury Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bradbury research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1696, 1688, 1677, 1759, 1615, 1700 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Bradbury History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bradbury Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bradbury Early Notables (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...

Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bradbury Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. 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 settled in Maine in 1630
  • John Bradbury, who arrived in Virginia in 1656
  • Sarah Bradbury, aged 8, arrived in Maryland in 1682
  • 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
  • ... (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 settled in Boston in 1700
  • Mich Bradbury, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • John Bradbury, who landed in America in 1760-1763

Bradbury Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Abraham Bradbury, aged 42, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Matthew Bradbury, who landed in New York in 1824
  • James Bradbury, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837
  • Thomas Bradbury, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • William Bradbury, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bradbury Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • J Bradbury, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

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 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Ann Bradbury arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Buckinghamshire 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  • John Bradbury arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bruce" in 1846
  • George Bradbury arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bussorah Merchant" in 1848
  • Catherine Bradbury, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"

Bradbury Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Bradbury arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Jane Bradbury arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Mary Bradbury arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • I. C. Bradbury, aged 26, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ben Venu" in 1880

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bradbury (post 1700)


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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 "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
  • John Jackson Longstaff Bradbury (b. 1878), English association football player
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm

Other References

  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  11. ...

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