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Where did the English Breeding family come from? What is the English Breeding family crest and coat of arms? When did the Breeding family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Breeding family history?

The prominent surname Breeding 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]


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Breeding have been found, including Bredon, Breedon, Breedin, Bredin and others.

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] 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] 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.


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


Another 103 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Breeding Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Breeding 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.


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Breeding, or a variant listed above:

Breeding Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Andrew Breeding, aged 20, arrived in Maryland in 1684
  • Jno Breeding, who arrived in Virginia in 1697

Breeding Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Wm. J. Breeding, aged 47, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Wm. P. Breeding, aged 53, who landed in America, in 1892

Breeding Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Jessie Alfred Breeding, aged 32, who settled in America, in 1918
  • Minnie Breeding, aged 49, who emigrated to the United States, in 1922
  • William Breeding, aged 49, who settled in America, in 1922
  • Mary Breeding, aged 20, who emigrated to Baltimore, Maryland, in 1924
  • Corinne Breeding, aged 27, who emigrated to New York City, in 1924


  • James Floyd Breeding (1901-1977), American politician, U.S. Representative from Kansas
  • Larry Breeding (1946-1982), American actor who appeared on Laverne and Shirley, Lou Grant, Hart to Hart and Love Boat
  • Mark Breeding, American two-time Daytime Emmy nominated composer
  • Ryland Breeding (b. 1985), American actor
  • Brett Breeding (b. 1961), American comic book artist, known for his work with DC Comics and Marvel
  • Marvin Eugene "Marv" Breeding (1934-2006), American Major League Baseball infielder who played from 1960 through 1963
  • Hugh Thomas Breeding (1890-1982), American trucking industry pioneer, founder of Hugh Breeding Inc., the second largest bulk transportation company in the United States


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  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. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Breeding Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Breeding 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.

This page was last modified on 29 November 2014 at 09:08.

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