Broderip History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Broderip date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Broderip family lived in Somerset, where they took their name from the parish of Bawdrip. The place-name first appears in the Domesday Book in 1086, as Bagetrep. [1]

Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English terms bage and trep, which mean badger and trap, respectively. It denoted a place where badgers were snared. [2]

Another source claims the name is "clearly a nickname, 'broad-rib." [3]

Early Origins of the Broderip family

The surname Broderip was first found in Somerset where Peter Brodribbe was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for 1327. Much later, we found Richard Brawdrib in Wiltshire in 1533. [3]

Early History of the Broderip family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Broderip research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1683, 1726 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Broderip History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Broderip Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Broderip are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Broderip include: Broadrip, Broadripp, Broadrib, Broadribb, Broderip, Brodrib, Broddripp, Brodripe and many more.

Early Notables of the Broderip family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include William Broderip (1683-1726), English organist, as to whose parentage and education nothing is known, was appointed a vicar choral of Wells Cathedral on 1 April 1701. [4]...
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Migration of the Broderip family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Broderip or a variant listed above: John Broadrip who settled in Nevis in 1654; Thomas Broadripe settled in Barbados in 1685; William Broddripp settled in Barbados in 1660.


Contemporary Notables of the name Broderip (post 1700) +

  • William John Broderip (1789-1859), English lawyer and naturalist, the eldest son of William Broderip, surgeon, Bristol
  • Frances Freeling Broderip (1830-1878), English authoress, second daughter of Thomas Hood, the poet, who died in 1845 [5]
  • John Broderip (d. 1771), English organist, probably a son of William Broderip, organist of Wells Cathedral [5]
  • Robert Broderip (d. 1808), English organist and composer who lived at Bristol during the latter part of the eighteenth century [5]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019


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