The origins of the Bradshay name come from when the Anglo-Saxon
tribes ruled over Britain. The name Bradshay was originally derived from a family having lived in one of the settlements named Bradshaw
, and the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Bradshay family
The surname Bradshay 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 Bradshay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bradshay 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 Bradshay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bradshay Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bradshay include Bradshaw, Bradshay, Bradshaigh, Bradshawe, Braidshaw and many more.
Early Notables of the Bradshay 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 Bradshay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bradshay family to Ireland
Some of the Bradshay 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 Bradshay family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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 Bradshay 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.