The ancient history of the Bretelay name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in Lincolnshire
, where they held estates in the village and parish of Bradley,
and from which they derived their family name. The name refers to the local
"broad ley" meaning "broad meadow" and for this there are many, many parishes, townships, hamlets with this name throughout England
. However, the first record of the name appears in the Poll Tax
Records of Lincolnshire
where William de Bradelai was listed in 1170.
Early Origins of the Bretelay family
The surname Bretelay was first found in Lincolnshire
. However, there are at least fifteen parishes and towns that have "Bradley" as part of their name throughout Britain. Most are very small, but three of them date back to the Domesday Book
of 1086: Bradley, Derbyshire
(Braidelei); Bradley, Maiden Wiltshire
(Bradelie) and Bradley in the Moors
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
A reference to the family in the township of Wilpshire in Lancashire
was also found. "This place appears to have been the property of the Braddylls, and of the monks of Whalley." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Bretelay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bretelay research.Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1596, 1673, 1628 and are included under the topic Early Bretelay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bretelay Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Bretelay include Bradley, Bradlie, Bradleigh, Bradly, Bradeley and others.
Early Notables of the Bretelay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bretelay family to Ireland
Some of the Bretelay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 223 words (16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bretelay family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bretelay or a variant listed above: Ann Bradley who settled in Nevis in 1654; Bartholomew Bradley settled in Virginia in 1650; George Bradley settled in Barbados in 1684; Richard Bradley settled in Maryland in 1634.
The Bretelay 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: Vigilance et audax
Motto Translation: Vigilant and bold.