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Bradford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Bradford name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in or near one of the many places called Bradford in England, which were found in Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset, Devon, Northumberland, and the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Bradford literally means broad ford.

Early Origins of the Bradford family


The surname Bradford was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Bradford family


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Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1590, 1657, 1624 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Bradford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bradford Spelling Variations


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Bradford has undergone many spelling variations, including Bradford, Bradeford, Braidford, Bradforde and others.

Early Notables of the Bradford family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Bradford family to Ireland


Some of the Bradford 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.

Migration of the Bradford family to the New World and Oceana


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Bradford were among those contributors:

Bradford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Bradford (1590-1657), of Yorkshire who arrived at Plymouth in 1621, aboard the Mayflower and, on the death of John Carver in 1621, was chosen leader of the Pilgrims, 2nd Governor of the Plymouth colony. His wife Dorothy died at sea, en-route to the Colony
  • Dorothy Bradford, aged 23, who died aboard the Mayflower at Cape Cod Harbor, Massachusetts in 1620 and believed to be buried ashore [1]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)
  • William Bradford, who arrived in America in 1620 [1]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)
  • Henery Bradford, who landed in Virginia in 1624-1625 [1]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)
  • John Bradford, who was on record in Massachusetts in 1627
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bradford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Bradford, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [1]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)
  • Barby Bradford, who settled in Boston in 1716
  • John Bradford, who landed in New England in 1718 [1]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)
  • Mathew Bradford, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729 [1]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)
  • Jacob Bradford, who arrived in Maryland in 1729
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bradford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Bradford, who landed in America in 1803 [1]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)
  • Joseph Bradford, who landed in America in 1804 [1]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)
  • William I Bradford, who landed in New York in 1806 [1]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)
  • John Bradford, aged 24, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]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)
  • R Bradford, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [1]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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bradford Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Elis Bradford, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • William Bradford, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Abigail Bradford, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1762
  • Mr. Benjamin Bradford U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 member of the Penobscot Association [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Benjamin Bradford U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Bradford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Bradford, a baker, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Arthur Bradford, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Canton.htm
  • David Bradford, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Canton.htm
  • Hester Bradford, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Canton.htm
  • John Bradford, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Canton.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bradford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • D Bradford, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842
  • Janet Bradford, aged 19, a housemaid, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878

Contemporary Notables of the name Bradford (post 1700)


  • Richard Bradford (1934-2016), American actor, known for The Untouchables (1987), Man in a Suitcase (1967) and The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)
  • Brigadier-General William Brooks Bradford (1896-1965), American Commanding Officer 1st Cavalry Brigade (1945-1949) [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 22) William Bradford. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Bradford/William_Brooks/USA.html
  • Brigadier-General Karl Slaughter Bradford (1889-1972), American Deputy President of War Department Manpower Board (1943-1946) [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 22) Karl Bradford. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Bradford/Karl_Slaughter/USA.html
  • Chadwick Lee "Chad" Bradford (b. 1974), American Major League Baseball player
  • Melvin E. "Mel" Bradford (1934-1993), American conservative political commentator and professor of literature at the University of Dallas
  • Arthur Houston Bradford (b. 1969), American short story author and director of "Camp Jabberwocky", the longest running sleepover camp for adults with disabilities in the United States
  • David Bradford (1929-1995), professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University
  • Edward Green Bradford II (1848-1928), American federal judge on the United States District Court for the District of Delaware
  • Robert Fiske Bradford (1902-1983), American politician, governor of Massachusetts (1947-1949)
  • Andrew Bradford (1686-1742), American printer in colonial Philadelphia, who published the first newspaper in Pennsylvania, in 1729
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Bradford family



HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Cyril E. Bradford, BEM, British Chief Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html

Suggested Readings for the name Bradford


  • Bradford Roots and Branches by Nancy Vashti Anthony Jacob.
  • Bradford: From the Mayflower and Plimouth Colony to Missouri with Related Families by Sophia Freeland Kennedy.

The Bradford 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: Fier et sage
Motto Translation: Proud and Wise.


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Citations


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Canton.htm
  4. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 22) William Bradford. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Bradford/William_Brooks/USA.html
  5. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 22) Karl Bradford. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Bradford/Karl_Slaughter/USA.html
  6. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html

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