The ancestors of the bearers of the Broit family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in the village of Bright, in Cheshire
. The name could have also been a nickname
for someone who was bright
or it could have been from the Old English word beorht
which means bright. CITATION[CLOSE]
Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
Early Origins of the Broit family
The surname Broit was first found in Cheshire
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 Broit family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Broit research.Another 337 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1882, 1551, 1615, 1619 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Broit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Broit 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 Broit include Bright, Brite and others.
Early Notables of the Broit family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Broit family to Ireland
Some of the Broit family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Broit family to the New World and Oceana
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 Broit or a variant listed above: Francis Bright who came to Salem, Massachusetts in 1629; Henry Bright settled in New England
in 1630; John Bright settled in Virginia in 1651; Robert Bright arrived in Virginia in 1653.