The name Bredenhan is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name was given to a person who was a maker of ropes or cords.
Early Origins of the Bredenhan family
The surname Bredenhan was first found in Norfolk
, at Bradenham, a village and civil parish that dates back to before the Domesday Book
where it was listed with the same spelling. The place name literally means "broad homestead or enclosure" derived from the Old English words "brad" + "ham". CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Bradenham is also a village and civil parish in Buckinghamshire
, near Saunderton. This village also dates back to the Domesday Book CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
where it was listed as Bradeham. Bradenham Manor is a grand red brick manor house that dates back to the 13th century when it belonged to the Earl of Warwick.
Early History of the Bredenhan family
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Bredenhan 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 Bredenhan family name include Bradnam, Bradenham, Bradinham, Bradinam, Bradnem and others.
Early Notables of the Bredenhan family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Suift de Bradenham, a prominent 12th century landholder in Norfolk; and Matthew Brettingham (1699- 1769), known as Matthew Brettingham... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bredenhan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bredenhan 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. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Bredenhan or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.