name Bretlie comes from the family having 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 Bretlie family
The surname Bretlie 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 Bretlie family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bretlie research.Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1596, 1673, 1628 and are included under the topic Early Bretlie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bretlie Spelling Variations
Bretlie has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Bradley, Bradlie, Bradleigh, Bradly, Bradeley and others.
Early Notables of the Bretlie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bretlie family to Ireland
Some of the Bretlie 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 Bretlie family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bretlies to arrive on North American shores: 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 Bretlie 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.