Bramble History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Bramble has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in Yorkshire where Bramley was a local name 'of Brambley,' a chapelry and village near Leeds.

Early Origins of the Bramble family

The surname Bramble was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Bramble family

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Bramble Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bramble have been found, including Bramley, Bramlie, Bramble, Brambley and others.

Early Notables of the Bramble family (pre 1700)

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United States Bramble migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Bramble, or a variant listed above:

Bramble Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Bramble, who landed in Maryland in 1663 [1]
  • John Bramble, who arrived in Maryland in 1680 [1]
Bramble Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Bramble, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [1]

Australia Bramble migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bramble Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Bramble, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Munn" in 1849 [2]
  • Jane Bramble, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1849 [3]

New Zealand Bramble migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bramble Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Bramble, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1883
  • C. Bramble, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884

Contemporary Notables of the name Bramble (post 1700) +

  • Mark Bramble (1950-2019), American three-time Tony Award nominated theatre director, author, and producer, known for Barnum and 42nd Street (2001)
  • Mark Bramble (b. 1950), American three-time Tony Award nominated theatre director, author, and producer
  • Kevin Bramble (b. 1972), American two-time gold medalist Paralympic ski racer and freeskier
  • James Henry Bramble, American mathematician
  • Curtis Scott Bramble (b. 1957), American politician
  • Tesfaye Walda Simeon "Tes" Bramble (b. 1980), English-born, Montserratian footballer
  • Titus Malachi Bramble (b. 1981), English footballer
  • Percival Austin Bramble (b. 1931), Montserrat politician
  • Livingstone "Ras-I Alujah" Bramble (b. 1960), Saint Kitts and Nevis boxer
  • Albert Victor Bramble (1887-1963), British actor and film director


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN MUNN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849JohnMunnPassengers.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MARY ANN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849MaryAnn.htm


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