Bradshaw Family Crest


Bradshaw family crest

The English surname Bradshaw is an habitational name from any of the places called Bradshaw, for example in Lancashire and West Yorkshire, from the Old English terms  brad meaning “broad” and  sceaga meaning “thicket.” The first written reference to the name is in 1246 when William de Bradesaghe is recorded in the Lancashire Assize Rolls. Amongst the many famous name holders was John Bradshaw (1602 - 1659). He was a High Court judge, and lord president of the parliamentary commission at the trial of King Charles 1st in 1649. 

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