Origin of the Name Bradford
The origin of the name Bradford
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Bradford is a locational name from parishes in the West Riding of Yorkshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset and Devon, and of two townships in County Northumberland and Manchester in England. Variants of the name include Bradforde, Bradforth and Braidford. This name is of Anglo-Saxon English descent spreading to Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Hugh de Bradeford, County Devon, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273. A Johannes de Bradeford was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire in the year 1379. A Johanna Bradford was recorded in the ancient book 'Kirby's Quest', and a John Bradford and Susannah Wyberd were married in Saint Georges, Hanover Square in the year 1788. William Bradford, 1589-1675, was one of the Pilgrim Fathers who emigrated to America on the Mayflower.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland. While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
The Bradford coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Bradford descendants.