The name Bratebritch is an old Anglo-Saxon
name. It comes from when a family lived in Sussex
, in the hamlet of Broadbridge in the parish of Bosham. Broadbrige means "bridge over the broad river crossing," and is three miles west of Chichester and been inhabited since the period of Roman occupation
of Britain. Another village in the area is called Broadbridge Heath, and is the birthplace of Percy Bysshe Shelley, the great romantic poet who lived from 1792 to 1822. The name Broadbridge is a compound of the Old English words brad
which mean "broad" and "bridge," respectively.
Early Origins of the Bratebritch family
The surname Bratebritch was first found in Sussex
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bratebritch family
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Bratebritch Spelling Variations
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 Bratebritch were recorded, including Brodbridge, Broadbridge, Brodebridge, Broadbrige, Bradebrige and many more.
Early Notables of the Bratebritch family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bratebritch family to the New World and Oceana
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 Bratebritch family emigrate to North America: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.