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

The Anglo-Saxon name Bronson comes from the family having resided in Devon, where they held a family seat at Branscombe in the 9th century. Shortly after the Norman Conquest the estates of Branscombe were owned by the Bishop of Exeter and according to the Domesday Book, [1] 150 sheep were part of the holdings contributed to the supplies of the Abbey of Exeter.


Bronson has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Brancomb, Bronscombe, Branscom, Bronscom and others.

First found in Devon at Branscombe, a village that dates back to the ninth century. At that time, the village was named Branecescumbe but by the Domesday Book of 1086, it was listed there as Branchescome. The estates of Branscombe were owned by the Bishop of Exeter and the 150 sheep which was part of the holdings contributed to the supplies of the Abbey of Exeter. [1] The place name literally means "valley of a man called Branoc," for the Celtic personal name + the Old English "Cumb." [2] One of the earliest records of the surname was Walter Branscombe (Bronscombe, Branescombe, Bronescombe, Bronescomb c, 1220-1280), born in Exeter, an early English priest, Bishop of Exeter from 1258 to 1280; he is buried in Exeter Castle.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bronson research. Another 217 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 132 and 1327 are included under the topic Early Bronson History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bronsons to arrive on North American shores:

Bronson Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Bronson, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1633

Bronson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Sarah J Bronson, who landed in New York in 1862
  • Mary A Bronson, aged 25, landed in New York in 1862


  • First Lieutenant Deming Bronson (1894-1957), United States Army officer awarded the Medal of Honor
  • Charles Bronson (1921-2003), American actor best known for his "tough guy" image
  • Amos Bronson (1799-1888), American teacher, writer, philosopher, and reformer
  • Fredric M. Bronson (b. 1949), American journalist, author and writer
  • Betty Bronson (1906-1971), American television and film actress
  • John Bryan Bronson (b. 1972), American hurdler
  • Harry B. Bronson (b. 1959), American attorney and politician
  • Robert Zack Bronson (b. 1974), former professional American football safety
  • Alvin Bronson (1783-1881), American politician from New York
  • Greene Carrier Bronson (1789-1863), American lawyer and politician



  • Bronson-Brownson-Brunson: Some Descendants of John Bronson of Hartford (1636) Who Migrated to Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey [and] Pennsylvania by Eliza Howlett Tracy.

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  11. ...

The Bronson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bronson 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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