Brammer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Brammer is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived in Bramhall in Greater Manchester. Bromale was a township in the parish of Stockport.

Early Origins of the Brammer family

The surname Brammer was first found in Greater Manchester where the place dates back to at least the Domesday Book where it is listed as Bramale (Bromale.) [1] In more recent years, the township is known as Bramhall and is found in the parish and union of Stockport, hundred of Macclesfield, Chester.

"The manorial mansion is a curious edifice of timber and brick plastered over; it stands on elevated ground, and possesses great interest, as part of the wooden building is supposed to date as far back as the reign of John. At the south-east angle is the domestic chapel, apparently of the time of Richard III., having a flat panelled roof, and a considerable quantity of painted glass in the windows." [2]

The place name literally means "nook of land where broom grows" derived from the Old English words "brom" + "halh" [3].

The first record of the family was listed in the source, Earwaker's East Cheshire where Mathew de Bromale was listed as holding lands in Cheshire, temp. 1150. [4]

Some of the family has Scottish roots as noted by Broomhall Castle, built in 1874, located in Menstrie, Clackmannanshire, Scotland. It is still in good condition and today is in use as a hotel.

Important Dates for the Brammer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brammer research. Another 62 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1502, 1594, 1663, 1635, 1659, 1653 and 1654 are included under the topic Early Brammer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brammer Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Brammer has been recorded under many different variations, including Bramhall, Bramall, Bramhill, Brammall, Bramwell and others.

Early Notables of the Brammer family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include John Bramhall, Mayor of Pontefract in 1502; and John Bramhall (1594 -1663) an Anglican theologian and apologist, Archbishop of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland. He was born in Pontefract...
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Brammer migration to the United States

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Brammer or a variant listed above:

Brammer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anton Brammer, aged 42, who landed in Missouri in 1841 [5]
  • Thomas Brammer, who landed in Indiana in 1852 [5]
  • J H C Brammer, who arrived in Arkansas in 1891 [5]
  • Dorothea Brammer, aged 45, who landed in America, in 1893
Brammer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Amy Brammer, aged 25, who landed in America from Ilkeston, in 1904
  • Else Brammer, aged 36, who immigrated to the United States from Harburg, Germany, in 1913
  • Charles Brammer, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States, in 1918
  • Carl Brammer, aged 29, who settled in America from Kiel, Germany, in 1921
  • Fred Brammer, aged 41, who landed in America, in 1921
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Brammer (post 1700)

  • Billy Lee Brammer (1929-1978), American author, journalist, and political staffer in Texas and Washington, D.C
  • Doug Brammer (b. 1963), American comic book writer
  • Mark Dewitt Brammer (b. 1958), former professional American football player
  • Joseph Brammer (b. 1983), American mixed martial artist
  • David Brammer (b. 1975), English former footballer
  • Philipp Brammer (b. 1969), German actor and voice actor
  • Julius Brammer (1877-1943), Austrian librettist and lyricist

Historic Events for the Brammer family

RMS Lusitania
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Brammer, (née Bott), American 2nd Class passenger from Trenton, New Jersey, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [6]
  • Miss Edith Brammer, American 2nd Class passenger from Trenton, New Jersey, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [6]

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from
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