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The origins of the Bradway name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in Northamptonshire. The name derives from the term at the Broadway which is at times shortened by omitting the first a.

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The surname Bradway was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bradway were recorded, including Bradway, Broadway, Bradwaye and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bradway research. Another 251 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bradway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bradway family emigrate to North America:

Bradway Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Alexander Bradway, who landed in Virginia in 1620
  • Giles Bradway, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Edward Bradway, who arrived in New Jersey with his wife Mary in 1664
  • Edward Bradway, who arrived in New Jersey in 1677
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  • Otis Bradway, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1948
  • Milo E. Bradway, American politician, First Selectman of Stafford, Connecticut, 1947
  • Joseph Bradway Jr., American politician, Mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1972-76
  • John H. Bradway, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Gloucester County, 1857
  • George W. Bradway, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Union, 1902
  • Charles H. Bradway, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Stafford, 1912
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    10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Bradway Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bradway 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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