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Origin of the Name Bradley

The origin of the name Bradley was found in the archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Bradley include Bradly and Bradlee. This is a locational name meaning 'from the broad meadow' from a person who lived on a wide meadow. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Robert de Bradeleye of Cambridge, England, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls' in the year 1273 and a Willemus Brodelegh who was recorded in the 'Poll Tax', of the West Riding of Yorkshire, in 379. In Scotland John de Bradely rendered homage at Berwick in 1291. In Ireland Bradley is taken from the Gaelic surname O'Brollachain. In a few places, notably County Derry, it is called O'Brallaghan. The Sept originated in both County Derry and in County Cork, although the modern homeland is in Counties Tyrone and Donegal.
The Bradley 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 Bradley descendants.
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