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This ancient and unusual surname has nothing whatsoever to do with its appearance. It is Olde English pre 7th century in origin, and derives from the word 'braedu', which describes a wide expanse of land, as in the place name 'Brede' in Sussex. Its precise meaning was probably an agricultural term for an area of good grazing, and all the original recordings come from such areas. The surname is found in a number of spellings including Brede, Breed, Bread, Breede and Breedes, whilst the form as Breeder originates in the Kent - Sussex region and describes one who came from Brede (the place).

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