Origin of the Name Broadhurst
The origin of the name Broadhurst
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.Variants of the name Broadhurst
include Broadhurste, Hurst, Hearst, Hirst and Hursthouse. Meaning 'at the hurst', this is a locational name from a wood or thicket. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout the above islands. Examples of such are a Ivo de Hirst, from County Huntingdonshire, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', in the Year 1273. An Agnes del Hyrst was recorded in the 'Poll Tax', of the West Riding of Yorkshire, England, in the Year 1379. In Ireland Hurst is often of immigrant origin having been introduced into Ulster Province by settlers during the seventeenth century, where is also a variant form of Hursey.
The Broadhurst coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Broadhurst descendants.