The name Bretake is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived by a large, broad oak tree. The surname is derived from the Old English words brad,
which means broad,
which means oak.
Early Origins of the Bretake family
The surname Bretake was first found in Kent
where one of the first records of the name was Geoffrey Brodhok who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273. Thomas del Brodok was listed a few years later in the Assize Rolls of 1282 and later Thomas Broddock was listed in the Nonarum Inquisitiones for Essex
in 1341. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Bretake family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bretake research.Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1643, 1623, 1680, 1660, 1679, 1656, 1719, 1695, 1755, 1672 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Bretake History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bretake Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Bretake has been spelled many different ways, including Braddock, Braddick, Braddocke and others.
Early Notables of the Bretake family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Allen Brodrick (1623-1680), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1660 and 1679; John Braddocke (1656-1719), an English divine from Shropshire; General Edward Braddock (1695-1755), British general in the French and Indian... Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bretake Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bretake family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Bretakes to arrive in North America: Nathan Braddock who settled in Virginia in 1635; Nicholas Braddon, who came to America in 1685; James Braddick, who arrived in Virginia in 1704; Henry Braddock was a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1739.