Broyd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Broyd is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the village of Bright, in Cheshire. The name could have also been a nickname for someone who was bright or fair, or it could have been from the Old English word beorht which means bright. "Beorht was the name of a Northum­brian ealdorman who was slain by the Picts, A.D. 699. " [1]

The Anglo Saxon word beort, means brilliant, illustrious. [2]

Early Origins of the Broyd family

The surname Broyd 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 Broyd family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Broyd research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1882, 1551, 1615, 1588, 1619, 1688, 1619, 1643, 1654 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Broyd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Broyd 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 Broyd 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 Broyd include: Bright, Brite and others.

Early Notables of the Broyd family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Timothie Bright, M.D. (1551?-1615), an early British physician and clergyman, the inventor of modern shorthand. He is thought to have been born near Sheffield. "The art of writing by signs originated among the Greeks. Few specimens of Greek shorthand are extant, and little is known on the subject. From the Greeks the knowledge of the art passed to the Romans, among whom it was introduced by Cicero, who devised many characters, which were termed notæ Tironianæ, from Cicero's freedman Tiro, a great proficient in the art. In the darkness which overwhelmed the world...
Another 145 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Broyd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Broyd 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 Broyd 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.



  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


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