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Where did the English Brogden family come from? What is the English Brogden family crest and coat of arms? When did the Brogden family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Brogden family history?

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Brogden is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the township of Brogden, in Yorkshire. The place-name appears originally as Brokden, which means valley of the brook. The surname, then, meant dweller in the valley of the brook.


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. Brogden has been spelled many different ways, including Brogden, Boroghden, Brokden, Brokeden, Brogdon, Brockden and many more.

First found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brogden research. Another 374 words(27 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1470, 1525, 1579, 1597, 1680, 1687, 1689, 1741, and 1769 are included under the topic Early Brogden History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Brogden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Brogdens to arrive in North America:

Brogden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Brogden, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • John Brogden who sailed to Virginia in 1623
  • Richard Brogden who arrived in Maryland in 1669
  • Richard Brogden, who arrived in Maryland in 1669

Brogden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Brogden, who arrived in Virginia in 1735

Brogden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Brogden, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1877

Brogden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Brogden, aged 28, a farmer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Sarah Brogden, aged 25, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • William Brogden, aged 38, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Elizabeth Brogden, aged 37, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Edwin Brogden, aged 9, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874


  • Curtis Hooks Brogden (1816-1901), American politician, 42nd Governor of North Carolina (1874-1877), 2nd Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina (1873-1874)
  • Leon Brogden (1910-2000), American high school football, basketball and baseball coach, inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1970
  • John Brogden (1798-1869), English industrialist, building and railway contractor, railway promoter, a miner of coal and iron and an iron smelter
  • Alexander Brogden (1825-1892), English industrialist, first chairman of the Solway Junction Railway, the second eldest son of John Brogden
  • Henry Brogden (1828-1913), English Fellow of the Geological Society and a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, third son of John Brogden
  • Stanley "Stan" Brogden (1910-1981), English rugby union and professional sprinter and rugby league footballer who played from 1927 to 1945
  • John Gilbert Brogden AM (b. 1969), Australian politician, member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly (1996-2005)
  • James Brogden (1832-1907), British businessman, partner in John Brogden and Sons, youngest son of John Brogden


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Constans et fidelis
Motto Translation: Steady and faithful.


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  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Brogden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brogden 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.

This page was last modified on 26 March 2015 at 08:23.

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