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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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The surname Brumley was 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] " Wootton Hall [in Wooton, Staffordshire], the seat of the Rev. Walter Davenport Bromley, who is owner of the village, is built on a spot than which, in the entire range of the vale of Dove, there is scarcely one more adapted for a noble mansion: its situation is a lofty sloping bank rising from a forest-like seclusion; and the landscape of mountain, meadow, and sylvan scenery is almost unbounded." [2] "The ancient manor of Alvaston [in Cheshire] was possessed by the Bromley family, but no manor now exists." [2]

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brumley research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1706, 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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  • Duff Lechaun Brumley (b. 1970), American retired Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Tony Mike Brumley (b. 1938), American retired Major League Baseball catcher
  • Albert Edward Brumley (1905-1977), American gospel music composer and publisher
  • Ben B. Brumley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1952
  • Clare-Louise Brumley, Australian cross country skier at the 2006 Winter Olympics
  • David Brumley, Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University


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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)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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