The origins of the Broadfield name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived near an expansive field, or in one of the various settlements called Bradfield in the counties of Berkshire, Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, or the West Riding of Yorkshire.
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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Broadfield were recorded, including Broadfield, Brodfield, Brodefield, Brodefeld, Broadfeld and many more.
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Broadfield family emigrate to North America:
Broadfield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Richard Broadfield who arrived in Maryland in 1774
Broadfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Mrs. H. Broadfield, aged 61, arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Umbria" from Liverpool, England
Geo. E. Broadfield, aged 37, originally from London, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Germanic" from Liverpool, England
Broadfield Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Norman Broadfield, aged 41, originally from Manchester, England, arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Teutonic" from Liverpool, England
George Broadfield, aged 27, originally from Stowbridge, England, arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Carmania" from Liverpool, England
William Broadfield, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Inca" from Liverpool, England
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Broadfield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Mr. William Broadfield, English convict who was convicted in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 18th June 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land)