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Where did the English Broadstreet family come from? What is the English Broadstreet family crest and coat of arms? When did the Broadstreet family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Broadstreet family history?The ancestors of the bearers of the Broadstreet family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found near a major road. The name literally means by the broad street, and would have been given to someone who lived by one of the major roads of the time.
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Broadstreet include Bradstreet, Broadstreet and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Broadstreet research. Another 229 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1612, 1672, 1603, 1697, 1612 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Broadstreet History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 49 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Broadstreet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Broadstreet family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Broadstreet or a variant listed above:
Broadstreet Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Broadstreet Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Virtute et non vi
Motto Translation: By virtue and not by force.
The Broadstreet Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Broadstreet Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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