The present generation of the Broadach family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived by a large, broad oak tree. The surname is derived from the Old English words brad,
which means broad,
which means oak.
Early Origins of the Broadach family
The surname Broadach was first found in Kent
where one of the first records of the name was Geoffrey Brodhok who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273. Thomas del Brodok was listed a few years later in the Assize Rolls of 1282 and later Thomas Broddock was listed in the Nonarum Inquisitiones for Essex
in 1341. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Broadach family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Broadach research.Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1643, 1623, 1680, 1660, 1679, 1656, 1719, 1695, 1755, 1672 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Broadach History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Broadach Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Broadach include Braddock, Braddick, Braddocke and others.
Early Notables of the Broadach family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Allen Brodrick (1623-1680), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1660 and 1679; John Braddocke (1656-1719), an English divine from Shropshire; General Edward Braddock (1695-1755), British general in the French and Indian... Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Broadach Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Broadach family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Broadach were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Nathan Braddock who settled in Virginia in 1635; Nicholas Braddon, who came to America in 1685; James Braddick, who arrived in Virginia in 1704; Henry Braddock was a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1739.