Show ContentsBroomhead History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Broomhead date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in Yorkshire, where the name Broomhead was a place-name describing a hilltop with broom bushes.

Early Origins of the Broomhead family

The surname Broomhead was first found in Yorkshire, where the family held "an estate in Hallamshire which passed from the family through an heiress so early as temp. Richard II." [1] “This surname with several variants is still well known in the West Riding.” [2]

Early History of the Broomhead family

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Broomhead Spelling Variations

Broomhead has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Broomhead have been found, including Broomhead, Bromeheuede, Bromehed, Broomehed, Bromhead, Brumhead, Brumit and many more.

Early Notables of the Broomhead family (pre 1700)

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United States Broomhead migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Broomheads to arrive on North American shores:

Broomhead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Broomhead, who arrived in New York city in 1819
  • Joseph Broomhead, who arrived in New York in 1819 [3]
  • George Broomhead, who was naturalized in Wisconsin in 1862
  • James Broomhead who arrived in Philadelphia in 1870

Canada Broomhead migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Broomhead Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ann Broomhead, who was recorded in the Ontario census of 1871

Contemporary Notables of the name Broomhead (post 1700) +

  • William T. Broomhead (1913-1971), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1956 (alternate), 1960; Rhode Island Republican State Chair, 1958 [4]
  • John A. Broomhead, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Southampton, 1916-17 [4]
  • Esther Ann Broomhead, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1960 [4]
  • Phillip Broomhead, English ballet dancer
  • Mrs. Pauline Broomhead C.B.E., British recipient of Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 17th June 2017, for services to Charity Management and Young People
  • Dave Broomhead, Professor in Applied Mathematics at the University of Manchester

The Broomhead Motto +

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: Concordia Res Crescunt
Motto Translation: Things increase by union.

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook