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Where did the English Bramble family come from? What is the English Bramble family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bramble family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bramble family history?

The name Bramble has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in Yorkshire where Bramley was a local name 'of Brambley,' a chapelry and village near Leeds.


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bramble have been found, including Bramley, Bramlie, Bramble, Brambley and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bramble research. Another 226 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bramble History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Bramble Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Bramble, or a variant listed above:

Bramble Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • William Bramble, who landed in Maryland in 1663
  • John Bramble, who arrived in Maryland in 1680

Bramble Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Wm Bramble, who arrived in Virginia in 1705


  • Curtis Scott Bramble (b. 1957), American politician
  • James Henry Bramble, American mathematician
  • Kevin Bramble (b. 1972), American two-time gold medalist Paralympic ski racer and freeskier
  • Mark Bramble (b. 1950), American three-time Tony Award nominated theatre director, author, and producer
  • Titus Malachi Bramble (b. 1981), English footballer
  • Tesfaye Walda Simeon "Tes" Bramble (b. 1980), English-born, Montserratian footballer
  • Albert Victor Bramble (1887-1963), British actor and film director
  • Livingstone "Ras-I Alujah" Bramble (b. 1960), Saint Kitts and Nevis boxer
  • Percival Austin Bramble (b. 1931), Montserrat politician


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The Bramble Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bramble Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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