The origins of the Bradman surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name Bradman began when someone in that family worked as a maker of ropes or cords.
Early Origins of the Bradman family
The surname Bradman was first found in Norfolk
, at Bradenham, a village and civil parish that dates back to before the Domesday Book
where it was listed with the same spelling. The place name literally means "broad homestead or enclosure" derived from the Old English words "brad" + "ham". CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Bradenham is also a village and civil parish in Buckinghamshire
, near Saunderton. This village also dates back to the Domesday Book CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
where it was listed as Bradeham. Bradenham Manor is a grand red brick manor house that dates back to the 13th century when it belonged to the Earl of Warwick.
Early History of the Bradman family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bradman research.Another 280 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1177, 1273, 1337, 1500, 1612, 1739, 1699 and 1769 are included under the topic Early Bradman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bradman Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Bradman has appeared include Bradnam, Bradenham, Bradinham, Bradinam, Bradnem and others.
Early Notables of the Bradman family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Suift de Bradenham, a prominent 12th century landholder in Norfolk; and Matthew Brettingham (1699- 1769), known as Matthew Brettingham... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bradman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bradman family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Bradman arrived in North America very early:
Bradman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Jane Bradman, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 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 Bradman (post 1700)
- Florentine K. Bradman, American Republican politician, Republican Citizens Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 9th District, 1898 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Tony Bradman (b. 1954), English author of children's books, best known for his "Dilly the Dinosaur " series
- Sir Donald George "The Don" Bradman AC (1908-2001), Australian cricket player