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

The name Bermingham is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in or around the city of Birmingham in Warwickshire. This place-name predates the Domesday Book and is thought by historians to have evolved from the Old English Beornmundingaham, meaning, homestead of the people of Beornmund. [1] Another source claims that the place name's "etymology is involved in great uncertainty. Dugdale, from its Saxon termination, deduces it from the first Saxon lord; while others assign to it an origin of much higher antiquity, inferring that, with more probability, the first Saxon proprietor took his name from that of the town, which they suppose to have been originally 'Bromwych,' from the quantity of broom formerly growing in the neighbourhood". [2]


Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bermingham were recorded, including Bermingham, Berminean, Bermingcham, Berminham, Bremingham, Birmingham and many more.

First found in Warwickshire. While the family is generally understood to have hailed from this area, we must look to Staffordshire to find the first record of the name, specifically Peter de Bremingeham who was listed there in the Pipe Rolls of 1170. Gilbert de Birmingeham was listed in the Feet of Fines for Lincolnshire in 1271 and John de Burmyngham was listed in Warwickshire in 1333. [3] The place name dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Bermingeham. [4] The family is just as populous in Ireland as "the noble and warlike family of the Bremichams, earls of Louth, in Ireland were instrumental in assisting Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke, in the conquest of that country. " [2] William de Bermingham, who attended Edward I. into Gascony, was made prisoner at the siege of Bellegarde in 1297 and his descendant William, who was summoned to parliament by the title of William, Lord Birmingham, in the 1st of Edward III.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bermingham research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1328, 1050, 1170, 1515, 1584 and 1992 are included under the topic Early Bermingham History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Bermingham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 301 words (22 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bermingham family emigrate to North America:

Bermingham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Bermingham, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Thomas Bermingham, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • John Bermingham, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1826
  • James Bermingham, who landed in Maryland in 1841
  • James Bermingham, Martin, Michael, Richard and William, all arrived in Philadelphia between 1853 and 1878

Bermingham Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Michael Bermingham, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1827

Bermingham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Bermingham, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Charlotte Jane"
  • Honora Bermingham, aged 18, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
  • John Bermingham, aged 46, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"
  • Walter Bermingham, aged 14, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"
  • Ann Bermingham, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"


  • Brian Bermingham, Irish Fine Gael politician, Lord Mayor of Cork (2008-2009)
  • Willie Bermingham (1942-1990), Irish firefighter and campaigner, founder of A.L.O.N.E. ( A Little Offering Never Ends)
  • Michael 'Mick' Bermingham, Irish sportsperson
  • Karl Bermingham (b. 1985), Irish footballer
  • Joseph Bermingham (1919-1995), Irish Labour Party politician, Minister of State at the Department of Finance (1981-1982) and (1982-1986)
  • James Bermingham (1849-1907), Member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood
  • Ian Bermingham (b. 1989), Irish professional footballer
  • Gerald Edward Bermingham (b. 1940), British politician, Member of Parliament for St Helens South (1983-2001)
  • Erin Margaret Bermingham (b. 1988), New Zealand cricketer


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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