Show ContentsBraham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Braham date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in any one of a number of similarly named settlements. Bramham and Braham were found in the West Riding of Yorkshire and Brantham was found in Suffolk. Braham Hall was in Essex, as was Bream's Farm.

Early Origins of the Braham family

The surname Braham was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire, at Braham, a parish, in the Upper division of the wapentake of Barkstone-Ash. "A battle was fought here in 1408, between Sir Thomas Rokeby, sheriff of Yorkshire, and the Earl of Northumberland, in which the earl was defeated and slain, and by which the possession of the county was secured to Henry IV. " [1]

Early rolls revealed a wide-spread use of the name with a variety of spellings: Eustace de Braham in Colchester, Essex (1189-1199); Matthew de Bramham, de Braham in the Assize Rolls for Yorkshire in 1219; and Agnes de Brame in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Alan de Braham, Suffolk; Richard de Brahain, Suffolk and Roger de Braham, Suffolk. [3]

Early History of the Braham family

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Braham Spelling Variations

Braham has been spelled many different ways. 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. Many variations of the name Braham have been found, including Braham, Braim, Bramham, Brame, Braem and others.

Early Notables of the Braham family

Notables of this surname at this time include:

  • Robert Braham (fl. 1555), edited in 1555 'The Auncient Historic and onely trewe and syncere Cronicle of the warres betwixte the Grecians and the Troyans … translated into Englyshe verse by J. Lydgate...
  • John Braham was left an orphan at an early age, and in such humble circumstances that he is said to have sold pencils about the streets for a living. He was still very young when he became the pupil o...

United States Braham migration to the United States +

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 Brahams to arrive on North American shores:

Braham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Braham, who landed in Maryland in 1669 [4]
Braham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Braham, who landed in Maine in 1811 [4]
  • Julia Braham, aged 1, who arrived in New York, NY in 1855 [4]
  • Catherine Braham, aged 24, who arrived in New York, NY in 1855 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Braham (post 1700) +

  • Rich Braham (b. 1970), American professional (NFL) football player
  • John J. Braham (1847-1919), American musical theater conductor and composer who introduced Gilbert and Sullivan to the US
  • David Braham (1838-1905), American musical theater composer
  • Steve Braham (b. 1964), English physicist with the Centre for Experimental and Constructive Mathematics, in Vancouver, BC
  • Group Captain John Randall Daniel Braham DSO & Two Bars, DFC & Two Bars, AFC (1920-1974), British Air Force officer, one of the most highly decorated airman of the RAF in World War II
  • Bob Braham, British fighter pilot and flying ace in the Royal Air Force, during World War II, credited with 29 aerial victories

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Edward J. Braham, American Private First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [5]

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook