Braddon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Braddon history begins in Cornwall, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England. Quite distinct from Devon, the adjoining county, Cornwall had its own spoken language until the late 18th century. The Braddon history began here. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames were derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Unlike most Celtic peoples, who favored patronymic names, the Cornish predominantly used local surnames. The Braddon family originally lived in South Northamptonshire at the village of Bradden.

Early Origins of the Braddon family

The surname Braddon was first found in South Northamptonshire at Bradden, a village and civil parish which dates back the Domesday Book [1] where it was listed as Bradene. The name literally means "broad valley" derived from the Old English words "brad" + "denu" [2]

Early History of the Braddon family

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Braddon Spelling Variations

Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Braddon, Bradden and others.

Early Notables of the Braddon family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Captain John Braddon, Magistrate and Lieutenant of Cornwall. Lawrence Braddon (d. 1724), was an English politician, the second son of William Braddon of Treworgy, in St. Genny's, Cornwall. "When the Earl of Essex died in the Tower in 1683, Braddon adopted the belief that he had been murdered, and worked actively to collect sufficient evidence to prove the murder. He set on foot inquiries on the subject in London, and when a rumour reached him that the news of the earl's death was known at Marlborough on the very...
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Ireland Migration of the Braddon family to Ireland

Some of the Braddon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Braddon migration to the United States +

Early records show that people bearing the name Braddon arrived in North America quite early:

Braddon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nicholas Braddon, who settled in America in 1685
Braddon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Braddon who settled in Virginia in 1732

Contemporary Notables of the name Braddon (post 1700) +

  • Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1837-1915), British Victorian era novelist
  • Sir Henry Braddon (1863-1955), Australian rugby union player and ambassador, son of Edward Braddon
  • Russell Reading Braddon (1921-1995), Australian author
  • Sir Edward Braddon (1829-1904), Australian politician and member of the inaugural Australian House of Representatives

The Braddon Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Aut mors aut libertas
Motto Translation: Either death or liberty.

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4) on Facebook
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