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Bradney is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The Bradney family lived in the town and parish of Bradney in county Somerset. The name was originally derived from the Old English word "bradeney," which means "the dweller at the broad island."

Bradney Early Origins



The surname Bradney was first found in Somerset where the family claim descent from Sir Simon de Bredenie in 1346. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
This is probably the same gentleman who was listed as Simon de Bradneghe in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1327. William de Bradney was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Another source notes that Simon de Bardeneye was Mayor of Bristol in 1276 and Abbas de Bardeneye was listed in Lincolnshire in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Bradney Spelling Variations


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Bradney Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Bradney, Bradnie, Bredenie and others.

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Bradney Early History


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Bradney Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bradney research. Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 134 and 1346 are included under the topic Early Bradney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bradney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bradney Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bradney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Bradney name or one of its variants:

Bradney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Bradney who settled in Virginia in 1653

Bradney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Bradney arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • Emily Bradney arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • James Henry Bradney arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • William Thomas Bradney arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • Isabella Bradney arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bradney (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bradney (post 1700)



  • Claude C. Bradney, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1944
  • James Henry Bradney (1853-1936), New Zealand Reform Party Member of Parliament
  • Colonel Sir Joseph Alfred Bradney FSA, BA, JP, DL (1859-1933), British soldier, historian and archaeologist
  • Anthony Bradney, Professor of Law at Sheffield University

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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)

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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The Bradney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bradney Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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