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Early Origins of the Bratt family

The surname Bratt was first found in Cheshire where "in the township of Davenham, [the family] was settled from a remote period the family of La Bret, which terminated in a direct line in Richard Breete of Davenham, early in the 16th century. Hamund la Bret witnessed the grant of Little Mereton to Gralam de Lostock, temp. Henry III.; and Richard le Brette de Daneham occurs among the contributors to the feast on the consecration of Vale Royal Abbey, A.D. 1336." [1]

In Scotland, the variant Braid was typically seen or extensions there of. "The name of a family which once possessed extensive territories on the south side of Edinburgh and took their surname from their lands. The first of the name recorded is Henry de Brade, who appears in the middle of the twelfth century as owner of not only the Braid Hills, but also of Blackford Hill, the Plewlands, and Bavelaw. He was sheriff of Edinburgh in the reign of William the Lion, and as Henricus de Brade marescallus, witnessed the gift of a toft in Stirling to the church of Glasgow by William the Lion before 1199. He and his successors were proprietors of the Braids for nearly two hundred years, and with one exception they all used the patronymic Henry. In the reign of William the Lion, probably about the year 1200, Henry de Brade, sheriff of Edinburgh, was witness to a gift of the church of Boeltun by William de Ueteri ponte, son and heir of William de Ueteri ponte and Emma de Sancto Hylario to the church of the Holy Rood of Castle of Maidens and the canons serving the same. Before 1214 he witnessed a gift by Robert de Lyne to the monks of Neubotle, and before 1220 he is one of the witnesses to a charter by John de Morham to the same monks. [2]

Early History of the Bratt family

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Bratt Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Brad, Baid, Bread, Braed, Bradd, Bred, Breed, Bredd and many more.

Early Notables of the Bratt family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir Henry Braid; and William Brade (1560-1630) an English composer, violinist, and viola player. He moved to northern Germany where he worked for the Brandenburg court, and for King Christian IV in Copenhagen. "He was living at Hamburg on 19...
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Bratt Ranking

In the United States, the name Bratt is the 17,430th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

United States Bratt migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bratt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Albert Andriese Bratt, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1620-1664 [4]
  • Albert Andriessen Bratt, who settled in New York in 1636
  • Albert Andriesse DeNoorman Bratt, who landed in New York in 1637 [4]
  • Arent Andriesse Bratt, who arrived in New York in 1637 [4]
  • Eva Albertse Bratt, who landed in New York in 1637 [4]
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Bratt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Arthur Bratt, who arrived in Baltimore in 1830
  • William Bratt, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1831 [4]
  • Moses Bratt, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1832 [4]
  • Edward Bratt, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [4]
  • Eric Georg Bratt, aged 33, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1848 [4]
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Australia Bratt migration to Australia +

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

Bratt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Samuel Bratt, British Convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 5th November 1835, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land)1836 [5]
  • Mr. John Bratt, (b. 1819), aged 27, English farm labourer who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 15 years for burglary, transported aboard the "China" on 33rd January 1846, arriving in Norfolk Island, Australia, he died in 1877 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bratt (post 1700) +

  • Benjamin Bratt (b. 1963), American actor and producer, known for his work in Demolition Man (1993), Clear and Present Danger (1994), and The River Wild (1994) and from 1995 to 1999, he starred as New York City Police Department (NYPD) Detective Rey Curtis on the NBC drama series Law & Order; he has received four ALMA Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award nomination, and a Blockbuster Entertainment Award
  • Ruth Bratt, English actress and comedian who has made appearances on several TV shows including FAQ U on Channel 4 (2005) and Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive on BBC Three (2006)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Harold W Bratt, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking [7]

  1. Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. 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)
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th January 2020). Retrieved from
  6. Convict Records of Australia. Retrieved 5th February 2021 from
  7. HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook