The ancestors of the Brattenie family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in the town and parish of Bradney
in county Somerset
. The name was originally derived from the Old English word "bradeney," which means "the dweller at the broad island."
Early Origins of the Brattenie family
The surname Brattenie was first found in Somerset
where the family claim descent from Sir Simon de Bredenie in 1346. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
This is probably the same gentleman who was listed as Simon de Bradneghe in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1327. William de Bradney was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1296. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Another source notes that Simon de Bardeneye was Mayor of Bristol in 1276 and Abbas de Bardeneye was listed in Lincolnshire
in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Brattenie family
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Brattenie Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Brattenie were recorded, including Bradney, Bradnie, Bredenie and others.
Early Notables of the Brattenie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brattenie family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Brattenie arrived in North America very early: Thomas Bradney who settled in Virginia in 1653; Geoffrey Bredenie who landed in America in 1799.