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The ancient history of the name Brodhead dates back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name given to a person with a large forehead or large head; it may alternately apply to someone who habitually wore a broad hood. The surname Brodhead is derived from the Old English words brad, which means broad, and heafod, which means head. The Old Norse word hofud and the Danish word hoved have the same meaning as the latter word and may have been substituted for it in some cases. The surname Brodhead may also be derived from residence on a wide point of land projecting into a sea or lake, or from possession of plowed farmlands with a wide strip of unplowed land at either end of the field. The surname Brodhead often literally means dweller by the broad headland.

Brodhead Early Origins



The surname Brodhead was first found in Durham, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Brodhead Spelling Variations


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Brodhead Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Brodhead include Broadhead, Broadhed, Brodhead, Bradheuid, Brodheved, Brodhod, Brodeheved, Braydhed, Brodeheued and many more.

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Brodhead Early History


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Brodhead Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brodhead research. Another 383 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1243, 1273, 1281, 1295, 1327, 1332, 1379, 1572, and 1664 are included under the topic Early Brodhead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brodhead Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brodhead Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Brodhead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Brodhead or a variant listed above:

Brodhead Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Daniel Brodhead, who arrived in New York in 1664

Brodhead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • F Brodhead, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brodhead (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brodhead (post 1700)



  • John Curtis Brodhead (1780-1859), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New York 7th District, 1831-33, 1837-39
  • John C. Brodhead, American politician, Delegate to Kentucky Secession Convention, 1861
  • John Brodhead Jr., American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Sullivan and Ulster counties, 1821-22
  • John Brodhead (1770-1838), American Democrat politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 2nd District, 1817-21, 1825-27; U.S. Representative from New Hampshire at-large, 1829-33
  • Jefferson Davis Brodhead (1859-1920), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1892, 1904; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 26th District, 1907-09
  • Franklin R. Brodhead, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Orange County 2nd District, 1879
  • Daniel D. Brodhead, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Summit Hill, Pennsylvania, 1845-49
  • Conrad Brodhead, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Ulster County, 1841
  • Calvin E. Brodhead, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Union County, 1911
  • Albert Gallatin Brodhead Jr. (1815-1891), American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate, 1870-72; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1876
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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    The Brodhead Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brodhead Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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