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The name Broadwater has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived near a wide body of water; this may have been either a river or a lake. The surname Broadwater may also be derived from residence in the old parish of Broadwater, which now a suburb of Worthing in Sussex. This parish was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086, under the name of Bradewatre. This land, which was held by William de Braose at that time, was the site of a church and a mill.

Broadwater Early Origins



The surname Broadwater was first found in Sussex, at Broadwater, originally a parish, in the union of Preston and in the hundred of Brightford. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
St. Mary's Church, Broadwater, is a Church of England parish church that is listed in the Domesday Book. It is thought to have been built over and ancient Saxon church as in 1939, a Saxon doorway in the south wall of the chancel was discovered. Saxon doorjambs and window arches are preserved within the walls of the present tower.

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Broadwater Spelling Variations


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Broadwater Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Broadwater have been found, including Broadwater, Bradewatre, Brawatere, Brawdwater, Bradwater, Broadwatter and many more.

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Broadwater Early History


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Broadwater Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Broadwater research. Another 419 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, 1500, 1590, 1610, 1623, 1290 and 1349 are included under the topic Early Broadwater History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Broadwater Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Broadwater Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Broadwater Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Broadwater, or a variant listed above:

Broadwater Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Hugh Broadwater, who came to Virginia in 1663
  • Hugh Broadwater, who landed in Maryland in 1664
  • John Broadwater, who arrived in America in 1671
  • Thomas Broadwater who arrived in Jamaica in 1684

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Contemporary Notables of the name Broadwater (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Broadwater (post 1700)



  • Jesse Broadwater (b. 1984), American six-time gold medalist archer
  • Christopher D. "Chris" Broadwater (b. 1972), American attorney and politician, Louisiana State Representative from District 86 (2012-)
  • Robert Broadwater (b. 1962), American professional football player
  • Willard Craig Broadwater (1950-2006), United States federal judge
  • Willard Craig Broadwater (b. 1950), American Democrat politician, Circuit Judge in West Virginia for the 1st Judicial Circuit, 1983-96; U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of West Virginia, 1996-
  • Keith Broadwater, American politician, Independent Candidate for Presidential Elector for Arizona, 2008
  • Jack F. Broadwater, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1957
  • Carey Broadwater, American politician, Independent Candidate for Presidential Elector for Arizona, 2008
  • Bruce A. Broadwater, American politician, Mayor of Garden Grove, California; Elected 2002
  • Rev. James S Broadwater, American politician, member of the U.S. Congress
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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The Broadwater Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Broadwater 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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