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

The name Broadnax is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Broadnax was a name used for a stout person. The surname Broadnax is derived from the Old English word brode, which means broad. This in turn is derived from the Old English word brad, which has the same meaning.


Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Broadnax include Broad, Brod and others.

First found in Somerset where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Broadnax research. Another 95 words(7 lines of text) covering the years 123 and 1233 are included under the topic Early Broadnax History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Broadnax were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Mary Broad who settled in Virginia in 1738; Robert Broad settled in New England in 1773; Thomas Broad settled in Virginia in 1637.


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