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The name Bradish is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived by a large, broad oak tree. The surname is derived from the Old English words brad, which means broad, and ac, which means oak.

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The surname Bradish was first found in Kent where one of the first records of the name was Geoffrey Brodhok who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. Thomas del Brodok was listed a few years later in the Assize Rolls of 1282 and later Thomas Broddock was listed in the Nonarum Inquisitiones for Essex in 1341. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bradish family name include Braddock, Braddick, Braddocke and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bradish research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1643, 1623, 1680, 1660, 1679, 1656, 1719, 1695, 1755, 1672 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Bradish History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Distinguished members of the family include Sir Allen Brodrick (1623-1680), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1660 and 1679; John Braddocke (1656-1719), an English divine from Shropshire; General Edward Braddock (1695-1755), British general in the French and Indian...

Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bradish Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Bradish surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Bradish Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Bradish, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1635

Bradish Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Wheaton Bradish, aged 22, landed in New York in 1809
  • James Bradish, who arrived in Mississippi in 1833
  • Mrs. Bradish, aged 40, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1850

Bradish Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Royal Bradish, who arrived in Canada in 1829
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  • Sarah Powers Bradish (1867-1922), American writer, best known for her textbook "Old Norse Stories" published in 1900
  • Luther Bradish (1783-1863), American lawyer and politician, Lieutenant Governor of New York (1839-1842)
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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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