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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The place name literally means "nook of land where broom grows" derived from the Old English words "brom" + "halh" CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
. However, some of the family has Scottish roots as noted by Broomhall Castle, built in 1874, located in Menstrie, Clackmannanshire
. It is still in good condition and today is in use as a hotel.
Early History of the Bramwell family
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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)
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Migration of the Bramwell family to Ireland
Some of the Bramwell family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bramwell family to the New World and Oceana
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
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
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.