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Where did the English Braden family come from? What is the English Braden family crest and coat of arms? When did the Braden family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Braden family history?


The name Braden, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Braden, Braddene, Bradens, Braiding, McBradden and many more.

First found in South Northamptonshire at Bradden, a village that dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Bradene. Literally the place name means "broad valley," from the Old English words "brad" + "denu." [1] The parish church is dedicated to St Michael and was built in the 13th century.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Braden research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Braden History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Braden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Braden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Braden family, or who bore a variation of the surname Braden were

Braden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Frederick Braden settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1766

Braden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Braden, aged 37, landed in Delaware in 1812
  • Henry Braden arrived in Philadelphia in 1844
  • Anton Braden, who arrived in Texas in 1845
  • Adam Braden who settled in Texas in 1846 with his wife Barbara
  • John Braden, aged 69, arrived in New York, NY in 1850

Braden Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • George Braden, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Emma Braden, aged 18, who emigrated to America from Tyrone, Ireland, in 1908
  • Charles Braden, aged 62, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Clara E. Braden, aged 22, who settled in America, in 1911
  • Ellen Braden, aged 18, who landed in America from Dromalais, Ireland, in 1911


  • Thomas Wardell Braden (1917-2009), American journalist, best remembered as the author of Eight is Enough
  • George C. Braden, American politician, 41st Lieutenant Governor of Ohio from 1928 to 1929
  • Allen Braden, award-winning American poet
  • John Braden (1949-2004), American writer, producer, and director of motion pictures and television programs
  • Alison Braden (b. 1982), Canadian female water polo player silver medalist
  • Bernard Braden (1916-1993), Canadian-born, English actor and comedian, actor, and commentator


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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The Braden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Braden Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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