Broadus History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Broadus name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It 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 Broadus family

The surname Broadus 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]

Early History of the Broadus family

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Broadus Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Broadus were recorded, including Broadhurst, Brodhurst and others.

Early Notables of the Broadus family (pre 1700)

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United States Broadus migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Broadus family emigrate to North America:

Broadus Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Joseph Broadus, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Robie Broadus, aged 18, who immigrated to America, in 1910

Canada Broadus migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Broadus Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Edmond Broadus, aged 48, who immigrated to Edmondton, Canada, in 1924
  • Eleonora Broadus, aged 51, who settled in Edmondton, Canada, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Broadus (post 1700) +

  • John Albert Broadus (1827-1895), American Baptist pastor and professor at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Kevin Broadus (b. 1964), American college basketball coach
  • J. Welby Broadus, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1928 (alternate), 1932 [5]
  • Charles Broadus, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada, 1991 [5]
  • John Broadus Watson (1878-1958), American psychologist
  • Broadus Mitchel, American politician, Candidate for Governor of Maryland, 1934 [6]

The Broadus 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: Sapere et tacere
Motto Translation: To be wise and silent.

  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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