Show ContentsBrading History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Brading 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 Brading 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 Brading family originally lived in South Northamptonshire at the village of Bradden.

Early Origins of the Brading family

The surname Brading 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 Brading family

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Brading 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 Brading family

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 Brading family to Ireland

Some of the Brading 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 Brading migration to the United States +

Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Brading or a variant listed above:

Brading Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Francis Charles Brading, aged 39, who settled in America from Lindfield, Eng, in 1906
  • Cyril Leonard Willmott Brading, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States from Croydon, England, in 1919
  • Leonard H. Brading, aged 45, who immigrated to the United States from Croydon, England, in 1920
  • Cicely M. Brading, aged 44, who landed in America from Croydon, England, in 1920
  • Phillip Brading, aged 35, who immigrated to America, in 1921
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Canada Brading migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brading Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Ola Brading, aged 28, who settled in Ottawa, Canada, in 1924

New Zealand Brading migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Brading Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Frank Brading, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1867

Contemporary Notables of the name Brading (post 1700) +

  • Charles Richard Brading (1935-2016), American pharmacist and politician, Member of the Ohio House of Representatives (1993-2000)
  • Captain Reginald Carey Brenton Brading (1899-1926), English World War I flying ace credited with 13 aerial victories, recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross with Bar
  • Ralph Brading (b. 1934), Australian politician, member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly (1981 to 1984)

HMS Royal Oak
  • Charles Edward Brading (d. 1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking 3

The Brading 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)
  3. Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from on Facebook