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 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 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 337 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1882, 1551, 1615, 1619 and 1688 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)
Another 37 words (3 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 to Ireland
Some of the Broyd 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 Broyd family to the New World and Oceana
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.