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The name Briteforthay is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in or near one of the many places called Bradford in England, which were found in Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset, Devon, Northumberland, and the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Briteforthay literally means broad ford.

Early Origins of the Briteforthay family


The surname Briteforthay 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.

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Early History of the Briteforthay family

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Early History of the Briteforthay family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Briteforthay research.
Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1590, 1657, 1624 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Briteforthay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Briteforthay Spelling Variations

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Briteforthay 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. Briteforthay has been spelled many different ways, including Bradford, Bradeford, Braidford, Bradforde and others.

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Early Notables of the Briteforthay family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Briteforthay family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Briteforthay family to Ireland

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Migration of the Briteforthay family to Ireland


Some of the Briteforthay 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.

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Migration of the Briteforthay family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Briteforthay 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 Briteforthays to arrive in North America: 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.

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The Briteforthay Motto

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The Briteforthay 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.


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