Bretan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Bretan family
The surname Bretan was first found in South Northamptonshire at Bradden, a village that dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Bradene. Literally the place name means "broad valley," from the Old English words "brad" + "denu."  The parish church is dedicated to St Michael and was built in the 13th century.
Early History of the Bretan family
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Bretan Spelling Variations
The name, Bretan, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Braden, Braddene, Bradens, Braiding, McBradden and many more.
Early Notables of the Bretan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bretan family to Ireland
Some of the Bretan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bretan family
The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Bretan surname who came to North America were: Adam Braden who settled in Texas in 1846; with his wife Barbara; Frederick Braden settled in Boston Mass in 1766; Henry Braden arrived in Philadelphia in 1844..