The ancestors of the name Bradwater date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence near a wide body of water; this may have been either a river or a lake. The surname Bradwater may also be derived from residence in the old parish of Broadwater, which now a suburb of Worthing in Sussex
. This parish was recorded in the Domesday Book
of 1086, under the name of Bradewatre. This land, which was held by William de Braose at that time, was the site of a church and a mill.
Early Origins of the Bradwater family
The surname Bradwater was first found in Sussex
, at Broadwater, originally a parish, in the union of Preston and in the hundred
of Brightford. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
St. Mary's Church, Broadwater, is a Church of England
parish church that is listed in the Domesday Book
. It is thought to have been built over and ancient Saxon church as in 1939, a Saxon doorway in the south wall of the chancel was discovered. Saxon doorjambs and window arches are preserved within the walls of the present tower.
Early History of the Bradwater family
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Bradwater Spelling Variations
Bradwater has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Bradwater have been found, including Broadwater, Bradewatre, Brawatere, Brawdwater, Bradwater, Broadwatter and many more.
Early Notables of the Bradwater family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bradwater family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bradwaters to arrive on North American shores:
Bradwater Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Jacob Bradwater, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 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)