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Where did the English Broadway family come from? When did the Broadway family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Broadway family history?

Broadway is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in Northamptonshire. The name derives from the term at the Broadway which is at times shortened by omitting the first a.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Broadway family name include Bradway, Broadway, Bradwaye and others.

First found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Broadway research. Another 251 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Broadway History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Broadway Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Broadway surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Broadway Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Broadway, who landed in Virginia in 1643
  • Tho Broadway, who arrived in Virginia in 1654
  • Thomas Broadway, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • An Broadway, who landed in Virginia in 1663

Broadway Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Cornelius Broadway, aged 68, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • Edwin T Broadway, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1885

Broadway Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Broadway, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia

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  • Lance Daniel Broadway (b. 1983), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Tom Broadway (b. 1982), English competitive rower
  • Mr.  Alexander G Broadway, British Ordinary Signalman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking


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