Origins of Broadbent:
This unusual surname, with different spelling forms like Brodbent, is mostly listed in the Yorkshire parish records from the middle of the 16th Century. It is of a geographical origin from an area near Oldham in South East Lancashire named as Broadbent. The combined components of the area name are from the old English pre 7th Century word "brad," which means wide or stretched, and "beonet," which means "bent grass," "hurry, stream" or "sticks." In April 1548, Agnes Brodbent and Robert Haldam married in Rotherham, Yorkshire and in June of that year, Thomas Broadbent married an Agnes Smyth in Halifax. One, Lawrence Bradbent of Balliol College, Oxford, recorded in the "Oxford University Records" in 1570, and in 1590 Alice Broadbent of Saddleworth, "spinster," listed in "Wills records at Chester." The wedding of John Broadbent and Mary Hopkins held in Ashton under Lyne by Manchester, in July 1659.
More common variations are: Brodbent, Bradbent, Brodebent, Broadbend, Broadbant, Braodbent, Boradbent, Broudbent, Boardbent, Braudbent.
The origins of the surname Broadbent were found in Lancashire where people held a family seat from early times. Some say before the invasion of Normans and the entrance of Duke William at Hastings1066 A.D.
The very first recorded spelling of the family was shown to be that of Robert Brodebent, dated about 1513, in the "record of the Freeman of York city." It was during the time of King Henry VIII who was known to be the “Bluff King Hal," dated 1509-1547.
Many of the people with the surname Broadbent had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.
United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Broadbent settled in the United States in three different centuries respectively in the 18th, and 19th. Some of the people with the surname Broadbent who settled in the United States in the 18th century included Sarah Broadbent would eventually settle in Virginia in the same year 1701. William Broadbent arrived in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1718. Richard Broadbent landed in New England in 1774.
The following century saw much more Broadbent surnames arrive. Some of the people with the surname Broadbent who settled in the United States in the 19th century included Thomas Broadbent; all would eventually settle in Virginia in the same year 1862. John Broadbent and Joseph Broadbent, both arrived in Philadelphia respectively in the years 1805 and 1820.
Some of the people with the surname Broadbent who settled in Australia in the 19th century included Luke Broadbent at the age of 45, Harriet Broadbent at the age of 39, Henry Broadbent at the age of 11, James Broadbent at the age of 9 and John Broadbent at the age of 7, all arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship “Buffalo” in the same year 1836.
Some of the people with the surname Broadbent who settled in New Zealand in the 19th century included J Broadbent arrived in Auckland, New-Zealand in 1840. C W Broadbent landed in Auckland, New-Zealand in the year 1841. W Broadbent came to Wellington, New-Zealand in 1840.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Broadbent: United States 4,333; England 6,872; Australia; Canada 819; South Africa 621; Scotland 243; Wales 113; New-Zealand 457; Spain 66, France 98.
Alan Broadbent (born 1947), was born in New Zealand. He was a jazz pianist.
Donald Broadbent (1926–1993), was an English expert in psychology.
Ed Broadbent (born 1936), was a Canadian leader.
Edmund Hamer Broadbent (1861-1945), was an English leader and writer of The Pilgrim parish.
Gary Broadbent was an English player in Rugby.
George Robert Broadbent (1863–1947), was an Australian cyclist and mapmaker.
Graham Broadbent was a British film director.
Harry Frank (Jim) Broadbent (1910–1958), was a British-Australian pilot.
Jim Broadbent (born 1949), was an English actor and entertainer.
John Broadbent (1872-1938), was a British Army commander and old leader.
John Raymond Broadbent (Quartermaster) (1893–1972), Australian Army Brigadier
Matthew Broadbent (born 1990), was an Australian rules football player.
Michael Broadbent (born 1927), was an English justice and merchant.
Paul Broadbent was an English player in rugby league.
Peter Broadbent (bishop) is the new Anglican priest of Willesden.
Peter Broadbent (footballer) (1933–2013), was an English football player.
Punch Broadbent (1892–1971), was a Canadian player in ice hockey.
Russell Broadbent (born 1950), was an Australian leader.
William Broadbent, 1st Baronet (1835–1907), was an English neurologist.