In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Broadbritch surname lived in Sussex
, in the hamlet of Broadbridge in the parish of Bosham. Broadbrige means "bridge over the broad river crossing," and is three miles west of Chichester and been inhabited since the period of Roman occupation
of Britain. Another village in the area is called Broadbridge Heath, and is the birthplace of Percy Bysshe Shelley, the great romantic poet who lived from 1792 to 1822. The name Broadbridge is a compound of the Old English words brad
which mean "broad" and "bridge," respectively.
Early Origins of the Broadbritch family
The surname Broadbritch was first found in Sussex
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Broadbritch family
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Broadbritch Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Broadbritch are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Broadbritch include: Brodbridge, Broadbridge, Brodebridge, Broadbrige, Bradebrige and many more.
Early Notables of the Broadbritch family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Broadbritch family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Broadbritch or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.