Show ContentsBroadmeadow History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient history of the Broadmeadow name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided near an expansive meadow. The surname Broadmeadow is derived from the Old English words brad, which means broad, and mæd, which means meadow.

Early Origins of the Broadmeadow family

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

Early History of the Broadmeadow family

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Broadmeadow Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Broadmeadow include Broadmeadow, Brodmed, Bradmedowe, Brodemedowe, Bradmead, Brodmeade and many more.

Early Notables of the Broadmeadow family

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United States Broadmeadow migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Broadmeadow or a variant listed above:

Broadmeadow Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • S. Broadmeadow, who arrived in New Jersey in 1830
  • Simeon Broadmeadow, who arrived in New Jersey in 1830 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Broadmeadow (post 1700) +

  • Mark Broadmeadow, Project Leader, Environmental and Human Sciences Division, with the Forestry Commission of the UK

The Broadmeadow 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: Semper Fidelis
Motto Translation: Always faithful.

  1. 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) on Facebook