Broadribb History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Broadribb is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Somerset, where they took their name from the parish of Bawdrip. The place-name first appears in the Domesday Book in 1086, as Bagetrep. [1]

Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English terms bage and trep, which mean badger and trap, respectively. It denoted a place where badgers were snared. [2]

Another source claims the name is "clearly a nickname, 'broad-rib." [3]

Early Origins of the Broadribb family

The surname Broadribb was first found in Somerset where Peter Brodribbe was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for 1327. Much later, we found Richard Brawdrib in Wiltshire in 1533. [3]

Early History of the Broadribb family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Broadribb research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1683, 1726 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Broadribb History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Broadribb Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Broadribb has been spelled many different ways, including Broadrip, Broadripp, Broadrib, Broadribb, Broderip, Brodrib, Broddripp, Brodripe and many more.

Early Notables of the Broadribb family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include William Broderip (1683-1726), English organist, as to whose parentage and education nothing is known, was appointed a vicar choral of Wells Cathedral on 1 April 1701. [4]...
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United States Broadribb migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Broadribbs to arrive in North America:

Broadribb Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joane Broadribb, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [5]
  • John Broadribb, who landed in Maryland in 1663 [5]

Australia Broadribb migration to Australia +

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

Broadribb Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Broadribb 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:

Broadribb Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Arthur Broadribb, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875
  • Frances C. Broadribb, aged 22, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875
  • John D. Broadribb, aged 5, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. 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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th April 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/countess-of-harcourt


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