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

The name Broadhead is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a person with a large forehead or large head; it may alternately apply to someone who habitually wore a broad hood. The surname Broadhead is derived from the Old English words brad, which means broad, and heafod, which means head. The Old Norse word hofud and the Danish word hoved have the same meaning as the latter word and may have been substituted for it in some cases. The surname Broadhead may also be derived from residence on a wide point of land projecting into a sea or lake, or from possession of plowed farmlands with a wide strip of unplowed land at either end of the field. The surname Broadhead often literally means dweller by the broad headland.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Broadhead have been found, including Broadhead, Broadhed, Brodhead, Bradheuid, Brodheved, Brodhod, Brodeheved, Braydhed, Brodeheued and many more.

First found in Durham, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Broadhead research. Another 383 words(27 lines of text) covering the years 1243, 1273, 1281, 1295, 1327, 1332, 1379, 1572, and 1664 are included under the topic Early Broadhead History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Broadhead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Broadhead, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:

Broadhead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Whitworth Broadhead, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • E D Broadhead, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • F Broadhead, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Benjamin Broadhead who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1856
  • Benjamin Broadhead, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866

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  • Major Joseph E Broadhead, American WWII flying Ace
  • James Overton Broadhead (1819-1898), American lawyer and politician, Member of the House of Representatives and of the Missouri senate, the first president of the American Bar Association
  • James Edward "Jimmy" Broadhead (1894-1955), English professional football defender
  • Wilfred Bedford Broadhead (1903-1986), English first-class cricketer
  • Jack Patrick Broadhead (b. 1994), English professional football defender
  • William Broadhead (1815-1879), British trade unionist responsible for the "Sheffield Outages"


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The Broadhead Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Broadhead 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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