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Where did the English Broughton family come from? What is the English Broughton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Broughton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Broughton family history?When the ancestors of the Broughton family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Staffordshire, Lancashire, Lincoln, Northamptonshire and many other counties. The name probably derived from the name Boroughtown and is indicative of its bearer's residence one of many localities so named in Britain.
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Broughton has been recorded under many different variations, including Broughton, Browton and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Broughton research. Another 401 words(29 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1549, 1612, 1602 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Broughton History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 105 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Broughton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Broughtons were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Broughton Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Broughton Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Broughton Settlers in the United States in the 19th 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: Spes Vitae Melioris
Motto Translation: Hope for a better life.
The Broughton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Broughton 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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