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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.

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bramble research. Another 226 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bramble History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Bramble Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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
  • John Bramble, who arrived in Maryland in 1680

Bramble Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Bramble, who arrived in Virginia in 1705

Bramble Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Bramble arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Munn" in 1849
  • Jane Bramble arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1849

Bramble Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Bramble arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1883
  • C. Bramble arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884
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  • 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
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    Other References

    1. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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    The Bramble Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bramble 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.

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