The name Bredefarte is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when a family lived in or near one of the many places called Bradford
, which were found in Wiltshire
, and the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The surname Bredefarte literally means broad ford.
Early Origins of the Bredefarte family
The surname Bredefarte 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.
Early History of the Bredefarte family
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Bredefarte Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bredefarte family name include Bradford, Bradeford, Braidford, Bradforde and others.
Early Notables of the Bredefarte family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bredefarte family to Ireland
Some of the Bredefarte family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Bredefarte family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Bredefarte surname or a spelling variation of the name include : 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.
The Bredefarte 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.