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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.

Early Origins of the Broadhead family

The surname Broadhead was first found in Durham, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Broadhead family

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Broadhead Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Broadhead family (pre 1700)

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Broadhead Ranking

In the United States, the name Broadhead is the 11,911st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Broadhead migration to the United States +

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 [2]
  • E D Broadhead, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • F Broadhead, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • Benjamin Broadhead who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1856
  • Benjamin Broadhead, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866 [2]

Australia Broadhead migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Broadhead Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Broadhead, English Farm Labourer who was convicted in Derby, Derbyshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Caledonia" in 19th June 1822, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]

New Zealand Broadhead migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Broadhead Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Broadhead, (b. 1853), aged 21, English settler from Lincolnshire with Temperton family travelling from London aboard the ship "Sussex" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 17th July 1874 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Broadhead (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • Joseph E. Broadhead, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 10 aerial victories
  • William F. Broadhead, American politician, Mayor of Clayton, Missouri, 1913-15 [5]
  • James Overton Broadhead (1819-1898), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives, 1846-47; Member of Missouri State Senate, 1850-53; U.S. Minister to Switzerland, 1893-95 [5]
  • J. C. Broadhead, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1892 [5]
  • Daniel Broadhead, American politician, Postmaster at Kingston, New York, 1804-09 [5]
  • Charles W. Broadhead, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Ulster County, 1799-1800 [5]
  • Jack Patrick Broadhead (b. 1994), English professional football defender
  • Wilfred Bedford Broadhead (1903-1986), English first-class cricketer
  • James Edward "Jimmy" Broadhead (1894-1955), English professional football defender
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USS Arizona
  • Mr. Johnnie Cecil Broadhead, American Fireman Second Class from Alabama, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [6]

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