The name Brolley first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived 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 Brolley family
The surname Brolley 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 Brolley family
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Brolley 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 Brolley has appeared include Bradley, Bradlie, Bradleigh, Bradly, Bradeley and others.
Early Notables of the Brolley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brolley family to Ireland
Some of the Brolley 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 Brolley 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 Brolley arrived in North America very early: 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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Brolley (post 1700)
- Matthew Brolley, American politician, Village President of Montgomery, Illinois
The Brolley 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.