Sorting Saturday: Origins of the Broida Family Name, Part 1

  • Sorting Saturday: Origins of the Broida Family Name, Part 1
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Broida name origin per Hilda (Fish) Broida, from the Spring 1991 issue of The Broida Family News, Vol. 1, No. 2, p2.

Broida Family (Click for Family Tree)

Hilda was a very interesting person, and she knew everything Broida. Hilda’s mother was a Broida, plus Hilda married a Broida, so she got a double dose of the family.

Hilda became a Zionist in her early years, and lived in Israel for some time. In 1986, Hilda was interviewed as part of an oral history program conducted by Youngstown (Ohio) State University. She explained how her mother, Theresa Broida, came to the United States in 1900 with her parents and three sisters. Their first American home was in Oil City, Pennsylvania, and then they moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and finally Youngstown, Ohio by 1905. Hilda’s father had immigrated to the US about 1904. Asked why her family immigrated,  Hilda replied that they came because of the poverty in Europe. She did not know if they had been victims of the violent pogroms, but stated that her father had left behind his Orthodox Judaism when he came to the States.

Hilda did contribute one additional bit of information to the Spring, 1991 issue of the Broida Family News:

“Notes from the Gulf,” Spring 1991 issue of The Broida Family News, Vol. 1, No. 2, p3.

Hilda passed away in 2005, and she is missed very much by the family.

 

Notes, Sources, and References: 

  1. Youngstown (Ohio) State University Oral History Interview with Hilda (Fish) Broida– http://www.maag.ysu.edu/oralhistory/cd2/OH467.pdf
  2. Broida Family News, Spring, 1991, Vol. 1, No. 2. Self-published.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Sorting Saturday: Origins of the Broida Family Name, Part 1”

  1. Further to discredit the story: I have an extensive # of Broidas in my database and to date, other than a family in Israel who are Romanians, I have never found a Broida in the US to whom we are not related. For the story to be true, one would expect to find other Broidas in the US, especially some who are Irish.

    Mitch

  2. As my cousin Hilda notes this is a story, it is one of a few as to how the name came about. Another is that the first Karlinski (Karklinski) who came to the US changed the name to Broida to honor a famous Rabbi from a town nearby to the small town the family was from.

    Unfortunately, John Zelig Karklinski Broida who appears to have been the first to arrive is long dead so we don’t really know.

    Mitch

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