The name Bradlee has a long Anglo-Saxon
heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in Lincolnshire
, where they held estates in the village and parish of Bradley,
and from which they derived their family name. The name refers to the local
"broad ley" meaning "broad meadow" and for this there are many, many parishes, townships, hamlets with this name throughout England
. However, the first record of the name appears in the Poll Tax
Records of Lincolnshire
where William de Bradelai was listed in 1170.
Early Origins of the Bradlee family
The surname Bradlee was first found in Lincolnshire
. However, there are at least fifteen parishes and towns that have "Bradley" as part of their name throughout Britain. Most are very small, but three of them date back to the Domesday Book
of 1086: Bradley, Derbyshire
(Braidelei); Bradley, Maiden Wiltshire
(Bradelie) and Bradley in the Moors
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
A reference to the family in the township of Wilpshire in Lancashire
was also found. "This place appears to have been the property of the Braddylls, and of the monks of Whalley." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Bradlee family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bradlee research.Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1596, 1673, 1628 and are included under the topic Early Bradlee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bradlee Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bradlee have been found, including Bradley, Bradlie, Bradleigh, Bradly, Bradeley and others.
Early Notables of the Bradlee family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bradlee family to Ireland
Some of the Bradlee family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 223 words (16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bradlee family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Bradlee, or a variant listed above:
Bradlee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Newton Bradlee, who landed in Maryland in 1806 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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Bradlee (post 1700)
- Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee (1921-2014), American journalist and author, executive editor of The Washington Post from 1968 to 1991; he oversaw the publication of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's stories documenting the Watergate scandal, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
- Frederick Josiah Bradlee Jr. (1892-1970), American football player
- Quinn Bradlee, American author and filmmaker
- Nathaniel Jeremiah Bradlee (1829-1888), American 19th century Boston architect
The Bradlee 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: Vigilance et audax
Motto Translation: Vigilant and bold.