The ancient roots of the Breteforthe family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Breteforthe comes from when the family lived in or near one of the many places called Bradford
, which were found in Wiltshire
, and the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The surname Breteforthe literally means broad ford.
Early Origins of the Breteforthe family
The surname Breteforthe was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Breteforthe family
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Breteforthe Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Breteforthe has appeared include Bradford, Bradeford, Braidford, Bradforde and others.
Early Notables of the Breteforthe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Breteforthe family to Ireland
Some of the Breteforthe family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Breteforthe family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Breteforthe arrived in North America very early: William Bradford of Yorkshire
who arrived at Plymouth in 1621, aboard the Mayflower and, on the death of John Carver in 1621, was chosen leader of the Pilgrims, 2nd Governor of the Plymouth colony. His wife Dorothy died at sea, en-route to the Colony. Other settlers include: Henery Bradford, who came to Virginia in 1625.
The Breteforthe Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fier et sage
Motto Translation: Proud and Wise.