Broadhirst History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Anglo-Saxon name Broadhirst comes from when the family resided in Cheshire where the name is derived from a now unknown place in the east of that county. The place-name Broadhurst is derived from the old English terms brade, which meant broad or wide, and hurst, a word that meant forest or wood. 
Early Origins of the Broadhirst family
The surname Broadhirst was first found in Cheshire where "the Broadhursts have long been inhabitants of Prestbury and Gawsworth."  Alternatively, the name could have originated from "a manor in the parish of Horsted Keynes, co. Sussex"  or another source notes that the name was also "a location name in Lincolnshire." 
Early History of the Broadhirst family
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Broadhirst Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Broadhirst has been recorded under many different variations, including Broadhurst, Brodhurst and others.
Early Notables of the Broadhirst family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Broadhirst family
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Broadhirst or a variant listed above: Joseph Broadhurst who arrived in Philadelphia in 1816. Abraham, Charles, George, John, Joseph, Samuel, Stephen, and Thomas Broadhurst all arrived in Philadelphia between 1845 and 1870..
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The Broadhirst Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Sapere et tacere
Motto Translation: To be wise and silent.
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- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.