Brednay is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Brednay family lived in the town and parish of Bradney
in county Somerset
. The name was originally derived from the Old English word "bradeney," which means "the dweller at the broad island."
Early Origins of the Brednay family
The surname Brednay was first found in Somerset
where the family claim descent from Sir Simon de Bredenie in 1346. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
This is probably the same gentleman who was listed as Simon de Bradneghe in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1327. William de Bradney was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1296. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Another source notes that Simon de Bardeneye was Mayor of Bristol in 1276 and Abbas de Bardeneye was listed in Lincolnshire
in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Brednay family
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Brednay Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Bradney, Bradnie, Bredenie and others.
Early Notables of the Brednay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brednay family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World 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 stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Brednay or a variant listed above: Thomas Bradney who settled in Virginia in 1653; Geoffrey Bredenie who landed in America in 1799.