The ancient roots of the Broadwatt family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Broadwatt comes from when the family lived near a wide body of water; this may have been either a river or a lake. The surname Broadwatt 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.
Early Origins of the Broadwatt family
The surname Broadwatt was first found in Sussex
, at Broadwater, originally a parish, in the union of Preston and in the hundred
of Brightford. 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.
Early History of the Broadwatt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Broadwatt 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 Broadwatt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Broadwatt Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Broadwatt has appeared include Broadwater, Bradewatre, Brawatere, Brawdwater, Bradwater, Broadwatter and many more.
Early Notables of the Broadwatt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Broadwatt family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Broadwatt arrived in North America very early: Hugh Broadwater, who came to Virginia in 1663; John Broadwater, who arrived in America in 1671; as well asThomas Broadwater who arrived in Jamaica in 1684..