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Early Origins of the Bradfield family


The surname Bradfield was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Bradfield. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [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)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Bradfield held by the Count of Mortain, his man Falk, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. It was taxed for 80 goats. The original village is now three separate villages.

Early History of the Bradfield family


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Bradfield Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Bradfield, Bradfeld, Bradfeild, Breadfield and others.

Early Notables of the Bradfield family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Bradfield family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bradfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Bradfield, who arrived in Arkansas in 1893 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Bradfield Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Henry Bradfield, who landed in Canada in 1816

Bradfield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Bradfield, aged 34, a wheelwright, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Steadfast" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STEADFAST 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/steadfast1852.shtml

Bradfield Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • R Bradfield, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Robert Bradfield, aged 34, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
  • Sarah Bradfield, aged 31, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
  • Sarah Bradfield, aged 11, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858

Contemporary Notables of the name Bradfield (post 1700)


  • James Dean Bradfield (b. 1969), English rock singer and lead guitarist
  • Andrew "Andy" Bradfield (1966-2001), New Zealand computer programmer best known for his work on games for the Atari 8-bit series of computers
  • Gary E Bradfield, Associate Professor of Botany at the University of British Columbia
  • John Ross Bradfield (1899-1983), Canadian mining engineer, president and chief executive officer of Noranda Mines Limited (1956-68)
  • John Job Crew Bradfield (1867-1943), Australian civil engineer, creator of the Bradfield Scheme, an inland irrigation project
  • Charles Bradfield Morrey Jr. (1907-1984), American mathematician who co-developed the Morrey-Campanato space
  • Arthur Bradfield Fairclough MC (1896-1968), Canadian First World War flying ace, credited with 19 aerial victories

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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. ^ 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)
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STEADFAST 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/steadfast1852.shtml

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