Broadhurst History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancient roots of the Broadhurst family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Broadhurst comes from when the family lived 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. [1]

Early Origins of the Broadhurst family

The surname Broadhurst was first found in Cheshire where "the Broadhursts have long been inhabitants of Prestbury and Gawsworth." [2] Alternatively, the name could have originated from "a manor in the parish of Horsted Keynes, co. Sussex" [3] or another source notes that the name was also "a location name in Lincolnshire." [4]

Important Dates for the Broadhurst family

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Broadhurst Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Broadhurst has appeared include Broadhurst, Brodhurst and others.

Early Notables of the Broadhurst family (pre 1700)

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Broadhurst migration to the United States

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Broadhurst arrived in North America very early:

Broadhurst Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Walter Broadhurst, who arrived in Maryland in 1638 [5]
  • Ra Broadhurst, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [5]
  • Tho Broadhurst, who arrived in Virginia in 1666 [5]
Broadhurst Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Broadhurst, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [5]
  • Joseph Broadhurst, who arrived in Antigua (Antego) in 1737 [5]
Broadhurst Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Broadhurst who arrived in Philadelphia in 1816
  • Mary Broadhurst, who landed in New York, NY in 1845 [5]
  • W Broadhurst, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]
  • S Broadhurst, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]
  • Abraham, Charles, George, John, Joseph, Samuel, Stephen, and Thomas Broadhurst all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1845 and 1870

Broadhurst migration to Australia

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

Broadhurst Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Broadhurst, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Miss Ellen Broadhurst, (b. 1842), aged 21, Cornish general servant departing on 23rd July 1863 aboard the ship "Theresa" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 28th October 1863 [7]
  • Miss Harriet Broadhurst, (b. 1846), aged 17, Cornish housemaid departing on 23rd July 1863 aboard the ship "Theresa" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 28th October 1863 [7]

Broadhurst 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:

Broadhurst Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Broadhurst, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1867
  • Sarah Broadhurst, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1867
  • Clara Broadhurst, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1867

Contemporary Notables of the name Broadhurst (post 1700)

  • Kent Broadhurst (b. 1940), American actor
  • George Howells Broadhurst (1866-1952), Anglo-American theatre owner/manager
  • Michael Broadhurst, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2008 [8]
  • E. D. Broadhurst, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1916 (alternate), 1940 [8]
  • Basil Broadhurst, American Republican politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Franklin 1st Ward, 1956; Elected New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Franklin 1st Ward 1956 [8]
  • Arthur J. Broadhurst, American Democrat politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Fifteenth Essex District; Elected 2002 [8]
  • Chief Marshal Sir Harry Broadhurst (1905-1995), English Royal Air Force commander, head of Hawker Siddeley Aviation
  • Mark Broadhurst (b. 1974), English cricketer
  • Kevan Broadhurst (b. 1959), English footballer and football manager
  • John Charles Broadhurst (b. 1942), English priest Bishop of Fulham in the Diocese of London (1996 to 2010)
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Broadhurst family

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Dennis C Broadhurst (b. 1912), English Wireman serving for the Royal Navy from Lemington Spa, Warwickshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [9]

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Citations

  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
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