Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a stout person. The surname Brawday is derived from the Old English word brode, which means broad. This in turn is derived from the Old English word brad, which has the same meaning.
Early Origins of the Brawday family
Somerset 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.
Early History of the Brawday family
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Brawday Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Brawday have been found, including Broad, Brod and others.
Early Notables of the Brawday family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brawday family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Brawday surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were: Mary Broad who settled in Virginia in 1738; Robert Broad settled in New England in 1773; Thomas Broad settled in Virginia in 1637.
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