Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a maker of breech-girdles. The first portion of the surname is derived from the Old English word brec, which in turn comes from the Old French word braie, which means breeches. The second portion of the name comes from the Old English word gyrdel, which means girdle.
Early Origins of the Broadgirdle family
Cheshire where they held a family seat, probably well before the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Broadgirdle family
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Broadgirdle Spelling Variations
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 Broadgirdle include Bracegirdle, Bracegerdle, Brasgirdle and others.
Early Notables of the Broadgirdle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Broadgirdle 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 Broadgirdle were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: John Bracegirdle, who settled in New England in 1774.
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