The name Bredney reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Bredney 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 Bredney family
The surname Bredney 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 Bredney family
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Bredney Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bredney family name include Bradney, Bradnie, Bredenie and others.
Early Notables of the Bredney family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bredney family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Bredney family to immigrate North America: Thomas Bradney who settled in Virginia in 1653; Geoffrey Bredenie who landed in America in 1799.
Contemporary Notables of the name Bredney (post 1700)