The ancient history of the Bradshaig name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in one of the settlements named Bradshaw
, and the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Bradshaig family
The surname Bradshaig was first found in Lancashire
at Bradshaw, a chapelry in the parish and union of Bolton in the hundred
of Salford, now part of Greater Manchester. The chapelry dates back to 1246 when it was listed as Bradeshaghe and literally meant "broad wood or copse" derived from the Old English brad + sceaga. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The chapelry is "where the Bradshaws have flourished from the time of the Saxons." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
John de Bradshagh was rector of the church of St. Michael, Aughton, Lancashire
in 1382. Years later the same church's records listed William Bradshagh as the rector in 1489, with Thomas Bradshagh as his patron. CITATION[CLOSE]
'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].
One would presume that the rectors were related.
There is another Bradshaw in the West Riding of Yorkshire. This ecclesiastical district, in the parish and union of Halifax is much larger than the Lancashire chapelry, but little was found in relation to the surname.
Early History of the Bradshaig family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bradshaig research.Another 267 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1513, 1602, 1669, 1602, 1659, 1628, 1684, 1660, 1679, 1613, 1685, 1636, 1702 and are included under the topic Early Bradshaig History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bradshaig Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Bradshaig include Bradshaw, Bradshay, Bradshaigh, Bradshawe, Braidshaw and many more.
Early Notables of the Bradshaig family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Henry Bradshaw (c.1450-1513), English poet; Richard Bradshaigh or Bradshaw (1602-1669), an English Jesuit, born in Lancashire; John Bradshaw (1602-1659), one of the judges to preside over the trial and subsequent death sentence of Charles I of England... Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bradshaig Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bradshaig family to Ireland
Some of the Bradshaig family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 147 words (10 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 Bradshaig family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bradshaig or a variant listed above: John Bradshaw, who was recorded in Maryland in 1674; Captain William Bradshaw of Ireland
who fled Connecticut in 1728 and settled in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and many of the North American Bradshaws are descended from this stem.
The Bradshaig 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: Qui vit content tient assez
Motto Translation: He who lives contentedly has enough.