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The ancestors of the name Bragdon date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in one of the settlements named Brandon in Durham, Norfolk, Suffolk, or Warwickshire, or in Brundon in Essex.


The surname Bragdon was first found in one of the many villages named Brandon in England. The place names are frequent due to the literal origin of "hill where broom grows," from the Old English "brom" + "dun." [1] The oldest place name was Brandon, Lincolnshire which dates back to 1060 while the Suffolk, Warwickshire, Norfolk and Lincolnshire locals are all listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 with various spellings used at that time: Brandona, Suffolk; Brandune, Warwickshire; Brandun, Norfolk; and Brandune, Lincolnshire. [2] Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk, 1st Viscount Lisle, KG (c.1484-1545) lived in Westhorpe, Suffolk. "The Hall, a noble mansion, at one time the residence of Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, was taken down about the middle of the last century; his royal consort, Mary, died here in 1533." [3] The same Duke of Suffolk also held lands and a family seat at Beckenham in Kent. "In the reign of Henry VIII., Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, entertained that monarch when on his journey to visit Anne of Cleves, with great pomp, at the manor-house." [3]

Bragdon has been spelled many different ways, including 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. Brandon, Branden, Brandan and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bragdon research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1514, 1551, 1649, 1485, 1484, 1545, 1516, 1534, 1517, 1559, 1519, 1547, 1535, 1551, 1537, 1551, 1516, 1534 and are included under the topic Early Bragdon History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 253 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bragdon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Bragdon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Bragdons to arrive on North American shores:

Bragdon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Bragdon, aged 23, who arrived in America from Ireland, in 1893
  • William Bragdon, aged 17, who arrived in America, in 1896

Bragdon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mariette Bragdon, aged 11, who arrived in America, in 1904
  • Elisabeth Bragdon, aged 25, who arrived in America, in 1904
  • Mr. R. H. Bragdon, aged 52, who arrived in America, in 1905
  • Joseph Bragdon, aged 20, who arrived in America, in 1907
  • Charles R. Bragdon, aged 21, who arrived in America, in 1907


  • John Stewart Bragdon (1893-1964), American Major General in the United States Army, awarded two Distinguished Service Medals
  • Jonathan Bragdon (b. 1944), American artist who has lived in the Netherlands since 1979
  • Peter Bragdon, American politician, Member of the New Hampshire Senate (2004-)
  • David Bragdon (b. 1959), American politician
  • Claude Fayette Bragdon (1866-1946), American architect, writer, and stage designer


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Bragdon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bragdon 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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