Last name: Bradley

This is an early medieval Anglo-Scottish surname. Recorded in a surprising number of spellings including Bradly, Bradley, Braudly, Broadley, Bruidley, Braidley, Breadley, Bradlie, Bradeley, Pradley, and Radley, it is residential and originates either from the varied villages called Bradley, or from now lost places which had the meaning of a 'broad clearing suitable for agriculture'. Derived from the pre 7th century English word "brad-leah", a large number of the English places are recorded in the famous Domesday Book of William, the Conqueror in 1086. Given a little French twist the spellings shown are Bradelei, Bradelea, and Bradelie, and from these it is easy to see how many of the later variant surname forms developed. Early interesting examples of the surname recording include John de Bradely of Berwick, who rendered homage to the republican government of Scotland in 1296, and James Bradley (1693 - 1762), the astronomer royal, whose family originate from Bradley Castle, near Wolsingham, in County Durham. Amongst the many recordings of the name in the church registers of the city of London is that of the marriage of John Bradley and Annis Whitby at St. Dunstans in the East, Stepney, on April 9th 1564, whilst James Braidley, originally christened as James Bradley in 1805, was a christening witness at St Pancras Old Church, on September 21st 1838. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William de Bradelai. This was dated 1170, in the Pipe Rolls of Lincolnshire, during the reign of King Henry 11nd, 1154 - 1189. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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My Mom is a Bradley from Texas.

narelle hislop nee bradley
any imformation on a albert Edwin Bradley born England

robert mackinnon

researching the Bradley family of griffintown and the Point areas of montreal. any information would be helpful. i am

Christina Schofield

My maiden name is Bradley , my father was William. We are from Tangier , Nova Scotia , Canada.

R. Bradley

Looking for more information on the surname Bradley my great grandfather was from Trinidad. James Bradley

R. Bradley

Researching surname Bradley. My great grandfather was from Trinidad and is name was James Bradley


I have this assignment on where your surname comes from... I'm Bradley from Belize

Karla Bradley
I found this intresting as my father James Bradley is from Belfast Ireland. Born 1944

Jamie (James) Bradley
Interesting how so many of us are named 'James'. My grandfather (Joshua) came from Burin, Newfoundland but I can only trace our line back to George R. in the early 19th century. Before that, I have no idea. I'm guessing Northern Ireland, since Newfoundland is where the English banished most of us. My grandfather's many brothers and sisters left Newfoundland in the late 19th century and spread out as far as Boston (Medford).

Isaiah Bradley
I wonder If everyone last name is Bradley are we all Related in some way???? Yes/No/Maybe

Robert Bradley
I know zero about my Bradley relatives apart from my brother and nephew (Greenock, Scotland.

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