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Where did the English Bradway family come from? What is the English Bradway family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bradway family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bradway family history?

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.


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.

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.


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.


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


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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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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