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.
Early Origins of the Broadnax family
The surname Broadnax was 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.
Early History of the Broadnax family
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Broadnax Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Broadnax family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Broadnax family to the New World and Oceana
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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Broadnax (post 1700)
- John Ellis "Johnny" Broadnax (1904-1986), American football player and coach
- Horace Randall Broadnax (b. 1964), American head men's basketball coach at Savannah State University
- Walter Doyce Broadnax (b. 1944), American academic, President of Clark Atlanta University (2002-2008), Distinguished Professor Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University (2008-)
- Morris Ervin "Luvel" Broadnax (1931-2009), American songwriter for Motown in the 1960s, best known for his work with Stevie Wonder
- S. S. Broadnax, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 1912 CITATION[CLOSE]
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