Brordhurst History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Brordhurst is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in Cheshire where the name is derived from a now unknown place in the east of that county. The place-name Broadhurst is derived from the old English terms brade, which meant broad or wide, and hurst, a word that meant forest or wood. 
Early Origins of the Brordhurst family
The surname Brordhurst was first found in Cheshire where "the Broadhursts have long been inhabitants of Prestbury and Gawsworth."  Alternatively, the name could have originated from "a manor in the parish of Horsted Keynes, co. Sussex"  or another source notes that the name was also "a location name in Lincolnshire." 
Early History of the Brordhurst family
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Brordhurst 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 Brordhurst 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. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Brordhurst include: Broadhurst, Brodhurst and others.
Early Notables of the Brordhurst family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brordhurst family
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 Brordhurst or a variant listed above: Joseph Broadhurst who arrived in Philadelphia in 1816. Abraham, Charles, George, John, Joseph, Samuel, Stephen, and Thomas Broadhurst all arrived in Philadelphia between 1845 and 1870..
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The Brordhurst 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: Sapere et tacere
Motto Translation: To be wise and silent.
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- ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.