Show ContentsBrodeeham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Brodeeham originated with the Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name Brichtman. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.

Early Origins of the Brodeeham family

The surname Brodeeham was first found in Suffolk, where the name first appeared in the Domesday Book where a Saxon landholder "Brihtmanus" [1] was listed. Early in the history of the family, they branched to nearby Norfolk, where John Brithman was registered in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [2] The Subsidy Rolls of Essex in 1327 list Robert Brightman [3]

Early History of the Brodeeham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brodeeham research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1327, 1377, 1349, 1369, 1501, 1562, 1753, 1755, 1562, 1607, 1576, 1584 and 1607 are included under the topic Early Brodeeham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brodeeham 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 Brodeeham has appeared include Brightman, Briteman, Brihtman, Bryteman, Brihtmanus and many more.

Early Notables of the Brodeeham family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Thomas Brightman (1562-1607), English clergyman and biblical scholar. Born at Nottingham, he was admitted a pensioner at Queens' College, Cambridge, in 1576, and later became fellow in 1584. "His desire was to die a sudden death. Riding on a coach with Sir John Osborne...
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Migration of the Brodeeham family

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 Brodeeham arrived in North America very early: Henry Brightman who sailed to Virginia in 1637.

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook