Bradnie is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest
brought to England
in 1066. The Bradnie 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."
Early Origins of the Bradnie family
The surname Bradnie was first found in Somerset
where the family claim descent from Sir Simon de Bredenie in 1346. 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
in 1327. William de Bradney was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1296. 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. 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)
Early History of the Bradnie family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bradnie research.Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 134 and 1346 are included under the topic Early Bradnie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bradnie Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Bradney, Bradnie, Bredenie and others.
Early Notables of the Bradnie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bradnie family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bradnie or a variant listed above: Thomas Bradney who settled in Virginia in 1653; Geoffrey Bredenie who landed in America in 1799.