Bredeshaw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Bredeshaw name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in one of the settlements named Bradshaw in Derbyshire, Lancashire, and the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Bredeshaw family
The surname Bredeshaw was first found in Lancashire at Bradshaw, a chapelry in the parish and union of Bolton in the hundred of Salford, now part of Greater Manchester. The chapelry dates back to 1246 when it was listed as Bradeshaghe and literally meant "broad wood or copse" derived from the Old English brad + sceaga.  The chapelry is "where the Bradshaws have flourished from the time of the Saxons."  John de Bradshagh was rector of the church of St. Michael, Aughton, Lancashire in 1382. Years later the same church's records listed William Bradshagh as the rector in 1489, with Thomas Bradshagh as his patron.  One would presume that the rectors were related.
There is another Bradshaw in the West Riding of Yorkshire. This ecclesiastical district, in the parish and union of Halifax is much larger than the Lancashire chapelry, but little was found in relation to the surname.
Early History of the Bredeshaw family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bredeshaw research. Another 200 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1513, 1571, 1618, 1602, 1669, 1602, 1659, 1628, 1684, 1660, 1679, 1613, 1685, 1636, 1702, 1671, 1732, 1635, 1635 and are included under the topic Early Bredeshaw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bredeshaw Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Bredeshaw has undergone many spelling variations, including Bradshaw, Bradshay, Bradshaigh, Bradshawe, Braidshaw and many more.
Early Notables of the Bredeshaw family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Henry Bradshaw (c.1450-1513), English poet; William Bradshaw (1571-1618), English Puritan divine, son of Nicholas Bradshaw, of a Lancashire family, born at Market Bosworth, Leicestershire; Richard Bradshaigh or Bradshaw (1602-1669), an English Jesuit, born in Lancashire; John Bradshaw (1602-1659), one of the judges to preside over the trial and subsequent death sentence of Charles I of England; Sir Roger Bradshaigh, 1st Baronet (1628-1684), an English politician, Member...
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Migration of the Bredeshaw family to Ireland
Some of the Bredeshaw family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Bredeshaw family
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Bredeshaw were among those contributors: John Bradshaw, who was recorded in Maryland in 1674; Captain William Bradshaw of Ireland who fled Connecticut in 1728 and settled in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and many of the North American Bradshaws are descended from this stem.
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: Qui vit content tient assez
Motto Translation: He who lives contentedly has enough.
- Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- 'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].