Of uncertain origin. It is found in Old French as Yolande, of which this is a Latinate form. It may be ultimately of Germanic origin, but if so it has been altered beyond recognition. It is also sometimes identified with the name of St Jolenta (d. 1298), daughter of the king of Hungary.
English: habitational name from any of the many places in all parts of England called Broughton. The first element is variously Old English brōc ‘brook’, burh ‘fortress’, or beorg ‘hill’, ‘mound’; the second is in all cases Old English tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.