Bradwell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Bradwell is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in Bradwell a parish in counties Buckinghamshire, Suffolk and Essex. Townships with the home Bradwell were found in Chester and Derby.

Early Origins of the Bradwell family

The surname Bradwell was first found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Bradwell family

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Bradwell Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bradwell family name include Bradwell, Bradewelle, Bradewell, Braddell and many more.

Early Notables of the Bradwell family (pre 1700)

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Bradwell Ranking

In the United States, the name Bradwell is the 15,261st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Bradwell migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Bradwell surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Bradwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Arthur Bradwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [2]
  • Joan Bradwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1655 [2]
  • John Bradwell, who landed in Maryland in 1658 [2]
  • Edward Bradwell, who landed in New Jersey in 1677 [2]
  • Sarah Bradwell, who was registered in Pennsylvania in 1685
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Bradwell migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bradwell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Bradwell, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Australia Bradwell migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bradwell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Ann Bradwell, (b. 1776), aged 27, British Convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Experiment" on 4th December 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, she died in 1827 [3]
  • Thomas Bradwell, a dyer, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832

New Zealand Bradwell migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bradwell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Albert Bradwell, aged 37, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856
  • Mrs. Caroline Bradwell, (b. 1822), aged 35, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Glentanner" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd October 1857 [4]
  • Mr. Albert Bradwell, (b. 1847), aged 10, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Glentanner" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd October 1857 [4]
  • Miss Caroline Bradwell, (b. 1850), aged 7, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Glentanner" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd October 1857 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bradwell (post 1700) +

  • Oliver Bradwell (b. 1992), American sprinter
  • Chris Bradwell (b. 1983), American football defensive tackle
  • Myra Bradwell (1831-1894), America's first female lawyer
  • James B. Bradwell (1828-1907), American prominent Illinois lawyer, judge, and politician
  • Mrs. Patricia Anne Bradwell O.B.E., British Deputy Leader for Lincolnshire County Council, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Local Government [5]
  • Mike Bradwell (b. 1986), Canadian CFL football wide receiver


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 22nd March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel-and-experiment
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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