Broad Family History

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Broad Name Meaning

nickname for a stout or fat person, from Middle English brode. from the Old English personal name Brada (from brad ‘broad’).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Broady, Bream, Bold, Breed, Brian, Hoad, Brott, Rod, Bray, Broer

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Broad Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Broad name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Broad. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • European Jewish


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Broad Family Origin

Where is the Broad family from?

Broad Family Occupations

What did your Broad ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Broad occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Broad's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Broad. A less common occupation for the Broad family was Blacksmith.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Blacksmith


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Broad ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Broad Historical Records

What Broad family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 99,000 census records available for the last name Broad. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Broad census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Broad. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Broad. For the veterans among your Broad ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Broad Life Expectancy

What is the average Broad lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Broad life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Broad in 1950 was 42, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Broad

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Broad ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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