Brawde History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Brawde family have grown. The name Brawde was given to a member of the family who was a stout person. The surname Brawde 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 Brawde family
The surname Brawde was first found in Cornwall in the parish of Helland. "The barton of Brodes or Broads, which appears to have been formerly possessed by a family of that name, was for some time subsequent to the reign of James I. a seat of a younger branch of the family of Glynn." 
Early History of the Brawde family
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Brawde Spelling Variations
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 Brawde family name include Broad, Brod and others.
Early Notables of the Brawde family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brawde family
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, 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 Brawde surname or a spelling variation of the name include : 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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- ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print