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Where did the English Broadbent family come from? What is the English Broadbent family crest and coat of arms? When did the Broadbent family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Broadbent family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Brodbent, Broadbelt, Broadbent and others.

First found in Lancashire 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Broadbent research. Another 286 words(20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Broadbent History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Broadbent Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Sarah Broadbent, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • William Broadbent settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1718
  • Richard Broadbent settled in New England in 1774

Broadbent Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Broadbent arrived in Philadelphia in 1805
  • Joseph Broadbent arrived in Philadelphia in 1820
  • Elizabeth Broadbent, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1862
  • Francis Broadbent, who landed in New York in 1862
  • Thos Broadbent, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1862


Broadbent Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Luke Broadbent, aged 45, a labourer, arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836
  • Harriet Broadbent, aged 39, arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836
  • Henry Broadbent, aged 11, arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836
  • James Broadbent, aged 9, arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836
  • John Broadbent, aged 7, arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836


Broadbent Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • J Broadbent landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • W Broadbent landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • C W Broadbent landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841
  • William Broadbent, aged 36, a blacksmith, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842
  • Honorah Broadbent, aged 23, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842

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  • Jane Broadbent (b. 1952), Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Roehampton University, UK
  • Sir John Francis Broadbent (1865-1946), English Physician, became 2nd Baronet Broadbent, of Brook St., London and Longwood, county Yorkshire on 10 July 1907
  • James "Jim" Broadbent (b. 1949), Golden Globe award winning English theatre, film and television actor
  • Michael Broadbent (b. 1927), British wine critic, writer, and auctioneer in a capacity as a Master of Wine
  • Alan Broadbent (b. 1947), New Zealand jazz pianist
  • Major General John Raymond Broadbent CBE, DSO, ED (1914-2006), Australian Army officer and lawyer
  • Donald Broadbent (1926-1993), British experimental psychologist
  • Edward "Ed" Broadbent (b. 1936), Canadian politician, leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP) from 1975 to 1989
  • Brigadier John Raymond Broadbent (1893-1972), Australian Deputy Adjutant & Quartermaster-General I Australian Corps from 1944 to 1945
  • Peter Frank Broadbent (1933-2013), England international footballer

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Quondam his vicimus armis
Motto Translation: We formerly conquered with these arms.

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  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Broadbent Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Broadbent Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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