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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.
The surname Broadway was 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.
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.
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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
Broadway Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Broadway Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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