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

The lineage of the name Brumley begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in Bromley Abbots or Bromley Bagots in Staffordshire. Bromley itself is derived from the Old English word bromleigh which means clearing where brambles are found.

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Brumley has undergone many spelling variations, including Bromley, Bromiley, Bromily, Bromly, Bromely, Bromly, Bromleigh and many more.

First found in Staffordshire where one of the first records of the name was Geoffrey de Bromleye who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. The same rolls list Robert de Bromlegh in Salop. [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brumley research. Another 157 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1530, 1587, 1579, 1587, 1652, 1707, 1705, 1707, 1717, 1682, 1718, 1707 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Brumley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 133 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brumley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Brumley were among those contributors:

Brumley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Joh Heinr Brumley, who landed in America in 1836

Brumley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Isabel Brumley, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • W. A. Brumley, aged 33, who emigrated to America, in 1908
  • Mrs. Norman Brumley, aged 55, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • John Brumley, aged 28, who settled in America from Glencad, Ireland, in 1913
  • Frances Brumley, aged 27, who settled in America, in 1916


Brumley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Brumley, aged 29, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Ramillies"

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  • Albert Edward Brumley (1905-1977), American gospel music composer and publisher
  • Tony Mike Brumley (b. 1938), American retired Major League Baseball catcher
  • Duff Lechaun Brumley (b. 1970), American retired Major League Baseball pitcher
  • David Brumley, Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Clare-Louise Brumley, Australian cross country skier at the 2006 Winter Olympics


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Non inferior secutus
Motto Translation: Not following meaner things.

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  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Brumley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brumley 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.

This page was last modified on 9 January 2015 at 18:46.

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