The history of the Bredebrage family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living 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 Bredebrage family
The surname Bredebrage was first found in Sussex
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bredebrage family
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Bredebrage Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Bredebrage include Brodbridge, Broadbridge, Brodebridge, Broadbrige, Bradebrige and many more.
Early Notables of the Bredebrage family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bredebrage family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bredebrage or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.