Broadwyt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Broadwyt is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived near a wide body of water; this may have been either a river or a lake. The surname Broadwyt 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 Broadwyt family
The surname Broadwyt was first found in Sussex, at Broadwater, originally a parish, in the union of Preston and in the hundred of Brightford.  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.
Thomas Bradwardine (1290?-1349), was Archbishop of Canterbury and is commonly called Doctor Profundus. His surname is variously spelt Bragwardin (Gerson), Brandnardinus (Gesner), Bredwardyn (Birchington), and Bradwardyn (William de Dene). "In public documents he is usually designated as Thomas de Bradwardina or de Bredewardina. His family may have originally come from Bradwardine near Hereford, but he himself says that he was born in Chichester, and implies that his father and grandfather were also natives of that city. " 
Important Dates for the Broadwyt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Broadwyt research. Another 210 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, 1500, 1590, 1610, 1623, 1290 and 1349 are included under the topic Early Broadwyt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Broadwyt 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. Broadwyt has been spelled many different ways, including Broadwater, Bradewatre, Brawatere, Brawdwater, Bradwater, Broadwatter and many more.
Early Notables of the Broadwyt family (pre 1700)
Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Broadwyt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Broadwyt family
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 Broadwyts to arrive in North America: 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..
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- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print