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The name Bratefard has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in or near one of the many places called Bradford in England, which were found in Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset, Devon, Northumberland, and the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Bratefard literally means broad ford.

Early Origins of the Bratefard family


The surname Bratefard was first found in Yorkshire 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.

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Early History of the Bratefard family

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Early History of the Bratefard family


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Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1590, 1657, 1624 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Bratefard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bratefard Spelling Variations

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Bratefard Spelling Variations


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bratefard have been found, including Bradford, Bradeford, Braidford, Bradforde and others.

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Early Notables of the Bratefard family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Bratefard family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Bratefard family to Ireland

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Migration of the Bratefard family to Ireland


Some of the Bratefard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Migration of the Bratefard family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Bratefard family to the New World and Oceana


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Bratefard, or a variant listed above: William Bradford of Yorkshire who arrived at Plymouth in 1621, aboard the Mayflower and, on the death of John Carver in 1621, was chosen leader of the Pilgrims, 2nd Governor of the Plymouth colony. His wife Dorothy died at sea, en-route to the Colony. Other settlers include: Henery Bradford, who came to Virginia in 1625.

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The Bratefard Motto

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The Bratefard 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: Fier et sage
Motto Translation: Proud and Wise.


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