The earliest origins of the Brodkin surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a stout person. The surname Brodkin is derived from the Old English word brode,
which means broad.
This in turn is derived from the Old English word brad,
which has the same meaning.
Early Origins of the Brodkin family
The surname Brodkin was first found in Somerset
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Brodkin family
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Brodkin 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 Brodkin 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 Brodkin include: Broad, Brod and others.
Early Notables of the Brodkin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brodkin family to the New World and Oceana
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 Brodkin or a variant listed above: Mary Broad who settled in Virginia in 1738; Robert Broad settled in New England
in 1773; Thomas Broad settled in Virginia in 1637.