Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Bretebredge is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Sussex
, in the hamlet of Broadbridge in the parish of Bosham. Broadbrige means "bridge over the broad river crossing," and is three miles west of Chichester and been inhabited since the period of Roman occupation
of Britain. Another village in the area is called Broadbridge Heath, and is the birthplace of Percy Bysshe Shelley, the great romantic poet who lived from 1792 to 1822. The name Broadbridge is a compound of the Old English words brad
which mean "broad" and "bridge," respectively.
Early Origins of the Bretebredge family
The surname Bretebredge was first found in Sussex
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bretebredge family
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Bretebredge 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. Bretebredge has been spelled many different ways, including Brodbridge, Broadbridge, Brodebridge, Broadbrige, Bradebrige and many more.
Early Notables of the Bretebredge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bretebredge 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 Bretebredges to arrive in North America: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.