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

The history of the Brumfield family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living near an area of open land covered with broom, which is a type of shrub which usually has small yellow flowers. The surname Brumfield may also be derived from residence in one of the places called Broomfield in the counties of Kent, Essex, or Somerset, or in one of the settlements called Bromfield in Cumberland (Cumbria) or at Broomfield in Shropshire.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Brumfield include Broomfield, Broomfeild, Bromfield, Broomfelde and many more.

First found in Cumberland where their ancient manor and estates were at Hames Hall. They became one of the distinguished families of Cumberland. They also became responsible for the defense of the East March of the English Scottish border along with the Greys and the Dunnes. The place name was first spelt Brounefled (c. 1125) and was derived from the Old English words brom + fled. [1] One of the earliest records of the name was Edmund de Bromfield (Edmund Bromfeld or Bramfield) (died 1393), an English Benedictine monk who became bishop of Llandaff.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brumfield research. Another 143 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1st , 1610, 1666, 1689, 1650, 1604, 1622, 1631, 1704, 1636, 1672, 1733, 1647, 1621, 1624, 1550, 1610, 1683 and 1647 are included under the topic Early Brumfield History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 239 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brumfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Brumfield or a variant listed above:

Brumfield Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Kath Brumfield, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • Dorothy Brumfield, who landed in Maryland in 1668

Brumfield Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • John Brumfield, who arrived in Virginia in 1719

Brumfield Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • William Brumfield, aged 32, who arrived in America from London, England in 1904
  • Alexandra Brumfield, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States, in 1918
  • Edward Brumfield, aged 46, who landed in America in 1921

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  • Donald Alan Brumfield (b. 1938), retired American jockey inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1996
  • Jacob Donnell Brumfield (b. 1965), American former professional baseball player
  • Scott Brumfield (b. 1970), American former professional football player who suffered a severe spinal-cord injury that left his legs temporarily paralyzed but returned to play again


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  • Fields of Broom: John Brumfield and Margaret Kelly, Their Ancestors and Descendants by Alma Dell Magee Clawson.
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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. 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.
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. 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).
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Brumfield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brumfield 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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