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The prominent surname Breeden claims its ancestry as an ancient Celtic name derived from "brez" (meaning hill) and the Old English word "dun" which combined roughly translates as "hill called Bre" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


Breeden Early Origins



The surname Breeden was first found in Worcestershire at Bredon, a parish in the union of Tewkesbury, part of the hundred of Oswaldslow. It is generally understood that Bredon was given by Ethelbald, King of Mercia, before the year 716, to his kinsman, Eanulph, who founded a monastery there in honor of St. Peter. The first listed spelling of the place name was found in 772 when it was listed as Breodun. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The Domesday Book lists it as part of the Church of St. Mary and had two entries: Bredon (Breodun) and Bredon's Norton. The former comprised land enough for twenty-three ploughs. Bredon's Norton was considerably smaller with room enough for one plough, about 6 acres. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
While the Domesday Book does not list the number of acres for Bredon, a latter reference lists the parish as comprising by computation between 5000 and 6000 acres, of which 963 are in the hamlet of Bredon. Breedon on the Hill is a village and civil parish in North West Leicestershire.

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Breeden Spelling Variations


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Breeden Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Breeden has been recorded under many different variations, including Bredon, Breedon, Breedin, Bredin and others.

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Breeden Early History


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Breeden Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Breeden research. Another 311 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1207, 1272, 1204, 1273, 1379, 1300, 1372, 1638 and are included under the topic Early Breeden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Breeden Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Breeden Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Reverend John Symonds who on inheriting the estate of the Bredon senior line changed his name to Bredon, thereby continuing the line. Simon Bredon (c.1300-1372) was a mathematician, physicist, astronomer, arithmetician, geometrician, and medi c. He was a member of...

Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Breeden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Breeden In Ireland


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Breeden In Ireland



Some of the Breeden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Breeden or a variant listed above:

Breeden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Breeden, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1665

Breeden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Breeden, who landed in Maryland in 1716

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Contemporary Notables of the name Breeden (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Breeden (post 1700)



  • Richard C. Breeden (b. 1949), 24th Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (1989-1993)
  • Joseph Thomas Breeden (b. 1956), American Major League Baseball coach
  • C. David Breeden (1938-2006), American sculptor
  • Harold Scott Breeden (1937-2006), American Major League Baseball pitcher and pitching coach
  • David McKee Breeden (1946-2005), American clarinetist, principal with the San Francisco Symphony for 25 years
  • Elaine Breeden (b. 1988), American swimmer
  • Louis Breeden (b. 1953), former American NFL football player
  • Harold Noel "Hal" Breeden (b. 1944), former American Major League Baseball first baseman
  • Danny Richard Breeden (b. 1942), former American right-handed Major League Baseball catcher
  • Harold Leon Breeden (1921-2010), American jazz studies educator at the collegiate level, a classical and jazz clarinetist, a saxophonist, a prolific composer and arranger, a music clinician, and jazz festival judge
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  11. ...

The Breeden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Breeden Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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