Bradby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient history of the Bradby name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided 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. 
Early Origins of the Bradby family
The surname Bradby 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. 
"The manor was held under the Stockports, by the family of Bredbury, whose heiress brought a moiety of it to the Ardens."  Another reference claims the place name meant "stronghold or manor-house built of planks," from the Old English words "bred" + "burgh." 
Some of the first listings of the family were found in Cheshire: Jordan de Bredbury in 1270; Adam de Bredbury in 1332. 
Important Dates for the Bradby family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bradby research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1672, 1679, 1925, 1872, 1950, 1696, 1688, 1677, 1759, 1615, 1700, 1692, 1450, 1530, 1439, 1510, 1509, 1555, 1615 and 1601 are included under the topic Early Bradby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bradby Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Bradby include Bradbury, Bradberry, Braidbury and others.
Early Notables of the Bradby family (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 and sentenced to hang as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, but the sentence was never carried out after...
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Bradby migration to the United States
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bradby or a variant listed above:
Typical Bradby Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Bradby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Bradby, who arrived in Virginia in 1657 
Contemporary Notables of the name Bradby (post 1700)
- James N. Bradby (1932-1968), American law enforcement officer, the first African American sheriff in the state of Virginia in 1967
- Godfrey Fox Bradby (1863-1947), English schoolmaster at Rugby School, son of Edward Henry Bradby
- Rev. Edward Henry Bradby (1827-1893), English classicist, Canon of St. Albans, Principal at Hatfield College, Durham University (1852), House Master at Harrow (1853–1868), Headmaster of Haileybury College (1868–1883)
- Thomas Matthew "Tom" Bradby (b. 1967), British journalist and novelist, Political Editor for ITV News from 2005 to 2015, known for his political discussion series The Agenda with Tom Bradby
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- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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- ^ 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)