Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a stout person. The surname Breard 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 Breard 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 Breard family
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Breard Spelling Variations
spelling variations, including Broad, Brod and others.
Early Notables of the Breard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Breard family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Breard were among those contributors: 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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