The origins of the Breditch name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived by a large, broad oak tree. The surname is derived from the Old English words brad,
which means broad,
which means oak.
Early Origins of the Breditch family
The surname Breditch was first found in Kent
where one of the first records of the name was Geoffrey Brodhok who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273. Thomas del Brodok was listed a few years later in the Assize Rolls of 1282 and later Thomas Broddock was listed in the Nonarum Inquisitiones for Essex
in 1341. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Breditch family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Breditch research.Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1643, 1623, 1680, 1660, 1679, 1656, 1719, 1695, 1755, 1672 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Breditch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Breditch Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Breditch were recorded, including Braddock, Braddick, Braddocke and others.
Early Notables of the Breditch family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Allen Brodrick (1623-1680), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1660 and 1679; John Braddocke (1656-1719), an English divine from Shropshire; General Edward Braddock (1695-1755), British general in the French and Indian... Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Breditch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Breditch family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Breditch family emigrate to North America: Nathan Braddock who settled in Virginia in 1635; Nicholas Braddon, who came to America in 1685; James Braddick, who arrived in Virginia in 1704; Henry Braddock was a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1739.