Brandreth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Brandreth date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in Brandreth which literally means the burnt clearing.

Early Origins of the Brandreth family

The surname Brandreth was first found in Staffordshire 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.

Early History of the Brandreth family

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Brandreth Spelling Variations

Brandreth 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 Brandreth have been found, including Brandreith, Brandreth and others.

Early Notables of the Brandreth family (pre 1700)

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United States Brandreth migration to the United States +

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 Brandreths to arrive on North American shores:

Brandreth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin Brandreth, who landed in New York, NY in 1836 [1]
  • John Brandreth who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1860

Australia Brandreth migration to Australia +

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

Brandreth Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Michael Brandreth, English convict who was convicted in Derby, England for life, transported aboard the "David Lyon" on 29th April 1830, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]

New Zealand Brandreth 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:

Brandreth Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Brandreth, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tyne" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 9th August 1841 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Brandreth (post 1700) +

  • George A. Brandreth, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York, 1876, 1892 [4]
  • Benjamin Brandreth, American politician, Member of New York State Senate, 1850-51, 1858-59 [4]
  • Thomas Shaw Brandreth (1788-1873), English inventor and classical scholar, descended from a family that has been in possession of Lees in Cheshire from the time of the Civil War [5]
  • Joseph Brandreth (1746-1815), English physician, born at Ormskirk, Lancashire [5]
  • Jeremiah Brandreth (d. 1817), also known as Jeremiah Coke, English leader of an attempted rising against the government in the midland counties; he was executed for his efforts at Nuns Green, Derby, 7 Nov, 1817 and thought to have been about twenty-five years of age [5]
  • Admiral Thomas Brandreth (1825-1894), Royal Navy admiral and Lord of the Admiralty
  • Benjamin Brandreth (1807-1880), proprietor of Brandreth's Pills a patent medicine
  • Gyles Daubeney Brandreth (b. 1948), British author and politician, Member of the UK Parliament (1992-1997)

The Brandreth Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nunquam non paratus
Motto Translation: Never unprepared.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd June 2021). Retrieved from
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from
  5. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019 on Facebook