Brudnal History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Brudnal family

The surname Brudnal was first found in Northamptonshire at Deene, parish, in the union of Oundle, hundred of Corby. "The church [of Deene] contains portions of the early and decorated English styles, and has windows exhibiting some superior tracery, and several ancient monuments to the Brudenell family." [1]

The family was likely descended from Alençon, Normandy and one of the first records was that of Hugo de Bretinolles, temp. Henry I., who held a knight's fee in Berkshire in 1165. "The change of the name from Bretignolles to Bredenell, Bredenhill, and Brudenel, appears from various records." [2]

"Amongst the old Leicestershire names now rare in the county is that of Brudenell. The Brudenells were a very distinguished family in the 16th and 17th centuries, and from them sprang the noble house of Cardigan." [3]

Early History of the Brudnal family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brudnal research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1547, 1510, 1600, 1102, 1136, 1139, 1151, 1193, 1234, 1391, 1429, 1532, 1533, 1455, 1487, 1461, 1531, 1520, 1530, 1461, 1593, 1663, 1607, 1703, 1692 and 1732 are included under the topic Early Brudnal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brudnal Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Brudenell, Brudnell, Brudenall, Brudnall, Brudenhall, Brewdenell, Brewdenall, Brewdnell, Broodnel, Brudnel, Brudnal, Broodnell, Broodnall, Bruddenell, Bruddenall, Birkenell, Brykenell, Brykenell and many more.

Early Notables of the Brudnal family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Brudenell, High Sheriff of Rutland; Sir Robert Brudenell KS (1461-1531), Chief Justice of the Common Pleas (1520-1530.) He was descended from William Brudenell, who was settled at Dodington and Adderbury in Oxfordshire, and Aynhoe, Northamptonshire, in the reign of Henry III, and from an Edmund lirudenell who was Attorney-General to Richard II...
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brudnal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Brudnal family

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Brudnal name or one of its variants: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.


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