Broughton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

When the ancestors of the Broughton family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Staffordshire, Lancashire, Lincoln, Northamptonshire and many other counties. The name probably derived from the name Boroughtown and is indicative of its bearer's residence one of many localities so named in Britain.

Early Origins of the Broughton family

The surname Broughton was first found in Staffordshire at Broughton. However, "the Broughtons descend in the male line from one of the most ancient families of the county of Chester, the Vernons of Shipbrook. Richard de Vernon, a younger brother of this house, was father of Adam de Napton, in the county of Warwick, whose issue assumed their local name from Broughton in Staffordshire." [1] Shirley continues "the pedigrees vary as to the exact point of connection, and, confused and contradictory as the Shipbrooke pedigree is at this period, there can be little hope of its positively identified; but the general fact of descent is allowed by all authorities." [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had scattered listings of the family: Mathew de Brouchton, Buckinghamshire; Houel de Broton, Shropshire; William de Broucton, Huntingdonshire; and John de Brouhton, Oxfordshire. [2]

Important Dates for the Broughton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Broughton research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1506, 1549, 1612, 1634, 1602 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Broughton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Broughton Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Broughton has been recorded under many different variations, including Broughton, Browton and others.

Early Notables of the Broughton family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Robert Broughton (died 1506), a landowner, soldier, and Member of Parliament for Suffolk, He was knighted at the Battle of Stoke. Hugh Broughton (1549 -1612), was an English scholar and divine, born at Owlbury, a mansion in the parish of Bishop's Castle, Shropshire. "In the immediate vicinity are two farmlands, called Upper and Lower Broughton. His ancestry was old and of large estate; he had a brother a judge. He calls himself a Cambrian, and it is probable that he had a...
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Broughton migration to the United States

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Broughtons were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Broughton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Broughton, who arrived in Virginia in 1618 [3]
  • Thomas Broughton, of Longden in Staffordshire, who migrated about 1630, settled in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Thomas Broughton, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Henry Broughton, who settled in Barbados in 1635
  • William Broughton, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Broughton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Broughton, who landed in Virginia in 1700 [3]
  • Hugh Broughton, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [3]
  • James Broughton, who arrived in America in 1760-1763 [3]
Broughton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Broughton, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1812 [3]
  • Edward Broughton, who arrived in New York in 1826 [3]
  • J Broughton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [3]
  • A Broughton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]
  • Charles F Broughton, who arrived in Indiana in 1852 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Broughton migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Broughton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Broughton U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 171 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York [4]

Broughton migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Broughton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Broughton, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Robert Broughton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1847 [6]
  • Samuel Broughton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1847 [6]
  • James Broughton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Candahar" in 1851 [7]
  • John Broughton, British convict from Barbadoes, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [8]

Broughton migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Broughton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Broughton, who landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1840
  • W. Broughton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Queen of the Deep" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th June 1854 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Broughton (post 1700)

  • Bruce Broughton (b. 1945), American composer of television theme music and film scores
  • James Broughton (1913-1999), American poet, playwright, and avant-garde filmmaker
  • Luke Dennis Broughton (1828-1898), American (English born) astrologer
  • Jane H. Broughton, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1972 [10]
  • Mrs. J. M. Broughton, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1952 [10]
  • Gerald E. Broughton, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Cabell County, 1966, 1968 [10]
  • Gerald E. Broughton, American politician, Mayor of Marietta, Ohio, 1953 [10]
  • Esto Broughton, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1932 [10]
  • Mrs. Esta Broughton, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1952 [10]
  • Claudius V. Broughton, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Ontario County, 1820-21, 1825-26 [10]
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Broughton family

HMS Royal Oak
  • Alick Edward Broughton (d. 1939), British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [11]

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Citations

  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, 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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARINER 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Mariner.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANDAHAR 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Candahar.htm
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  11. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
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