The origins of the Broadwatter name come from when the Anglo-Saxon
tribes ruled over Britain. The name Broadwatter was originally derived from a family having lived near a wide body of water; this may have been either a river or a lake. The surname Broadwatter 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 Broadwatter family
The surname Broadwatter 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 Broadwatter family
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Broadwatter Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Broadwatter include Broadwater, Bradewatre, Brawatere, Brawdwater, Bradwater, Broadwatter and many more.
Early Notables of the Broadwatter family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Broadwatter family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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..