Breed History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Breed family

The surname Breed was first found in Cheshire where "in the township of Davenham, [the family] was settled from a remote period the family of La Bret, which terminated in a direct line in Richard Breete of Davenham, early in the 16th century. Hamund la Bret witnessed the grant of Little Mereton to Gralam de Lostock, temp. Henry III.; and Richard le Brette de Daneham occurs among the contributors to the feast on the consecration of Vale Royal Abbey, A.D. 1336." [1]

In Scotland, the variant Braid was typically seen or extensions there of. "The name of a family which once possessed extensive territories on the south side of Edinburgh and took their surname from their lands. The first of the name recorded is Henry de Brade, who appears in the middle of the twelfth century as owner of not only the Braid Hills, but also of Blackford Hill, the Plewlands, and Bavelaw. He was sheriff of Edinburgh in the reign of William the Lion, and as Henricus de Brade marescallus, witnessed the gift of a toft in Stirling to the church of Glasgow by William the Lion before 1199. He and his successors were proprietors of the Braids for nearly two hundred years, and with one exception they all used the patronymic Henry. In the reign of William the Lion, probably about the year 1200, Henry de Brade, sheriff of Edinburgh, was witness to a gift of the church of Boeltun by William de Ueteri ponte, son and heir of William de Ueteri ponte and Emma de Sancto Hylario to the church of the Holy Rood of Castle of Maidens and the canons serving the same. Before 1214 he witnessed a gift by Robert de Lyne to the monks of Neubotle, and before 1220 he is one of the witnesses to a charter by John de Morham to the same monks. [2]

Early History of the Breed family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Breed research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1140, 1250, 1300, 1296, 1560, 1630, 1609 and 1619 are included under the topic Early Breed History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Breed Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Brad, Baid, Bread, Braed, Bradd, Bred, Breed, Bredd and many more.

Early Notables of the Breed family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir Henry Braid; and William Brade (1560-1630) an English composer, violinist, and viola player. He moved to northern Germany where he worked for the Brandenburg court, and for King Christian IV in Copenhagen. "He was living at Hamburg on 19...
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Breed Ranking

In the United States, the name Breed is the 9,154th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]


United States Breed migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Breed Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Allen Breed, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1640 [4]
  • John Breed, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1640 [4]
  • William Breed, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [4]
Breed Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Katherine Breed, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [4]
Breed Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J Breed, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]

Australia Breed migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Breed Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Breed, (b. 1812), aged 21, English farm labourer who was convicted in Essex, England for 7 years for pick pocketing, transported aboard the "Captain Cook" on 2nd May 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1895 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Breed (post 1700) +

  • William C. Breed, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1924 [6]
  • Robert T. Breed, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 7th District, 1958 [6]
  • London N. Breed, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008 [6]
  • Leo W. Breed, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Onondaga County 1st District, 1937-46 [6]
  • Joseph Breed, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Onondaga County 3rd District, 1863 [6]
  • John Breed, American politician, Mayor of Norwich, Connecticut, 1845 [6]
  • Hiram Nichols Breed (b. 1809), American politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives; Delegate to Massachusetts State Constitutional Convention, 1853; Mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts, 1861-62 [6]
  • Ernest Leonard Breed (b. 1862), American Republican politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives from Pittsford, 1910 [6]
  • Arthur H. Breed Jr., American Republican politician, Member of California State Senate, 1939-59; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1948 [6]
  • Arthur H. Breed Sr. (1866-1953), American politician, Member of California State Senate, 1913-35; President Pro Tempore of the California State Senate, 1917-35 [6]
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  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/captain-cook
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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