Bramwell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Bramwell family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in Bramhall in Greater Manchester. Bromale was a township in the parish of Stockport.

Early Origins of the Bramwell family

The surname Bramwell 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.

Early History of the Bramwell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bramwell 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 Bramwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bramwell Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Bramwell include Bramhall, Bramall, Bramhill, Brammall, Bramwell and others.

Early Notables of the Bramwell 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...
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bramwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Bramwell migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bramwell or a variant listed above:

Bramwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alfred, Ezra, Joseph, and Samuel Bramwell who, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1851 and 1880

Australia Bramwell migration to Australia +

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

Bramwell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Bramwell, British convict who was convicted in Derby, Derbyshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Bussorah Merchant" on 1st October 1829, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Mr. James Bramwell, British Convict who was convicted in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 20th July 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]

New Zealand Bramwell 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:

Bramwell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John T Bramwell, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1840

Contemporary Notables of the name Bramwell (post 1700) +

  • Professor John Crighton Bramwell (1889-1976), English physician and university professor
  • John Bramwell, English singer and songwriter
  • John Milne Bramwell (1852-1925), Scottish physician and author
  • Frederick Bramwell (1818-1903), British mechanical engineer
  • Herbert Bramwell Cook CNZM (1936-2017), New Zealand gastroenterologist
  • Mabel Bramwell Parton (1881-1962), British bronze medalist tennis player at the 1912 Summer Olympics
  • The Rev. George Bramwell Evens (1884-1943), British radio broadcaster and writer who used the pseudonym Romany and The Tramp
  • Thomas Bramwell Welch (1825-1903), the discoverer of the pasteurization process to prevent the fermentation of grape juice
  • Bramwell "Garnet" "George" Braybrook (1910-1975), Australian rugby league player for the Newtown Jets (1933-1938)
  • Bramwell Tovey (b. 1953), English conductor and composer


The Bramwell Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sanguine Christe tuo
Motto Translation: By Thy Blood O' Christ.


  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 10th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bussorah-merchant
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th February 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1837


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