Broughton Family CrestThe English surname Broughton is an habitational name from any of the many places in all parts of England called Broughton. The first element is variously Old English broc ‘brook’, burh ‘fortress’, or beorg ‘hill’, ‘mound’; the second is in all cases Old English tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.
The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard de Broghtone, witness, which was dated 1247 'The Fine Court Rolls of Oxfordshire.' A notable bearer of the name was the 16th Century English scholar and theologian Hugh Broughton

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