The ancient name Branchflower is a Norman name that would have been developed in England
after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. This name was a name given to a man with a pale appearance. This nickname
derives from the Old French blanch,
meaning white or pale, and fleur
, meaning flower.
Early Origins of the Branchflower family
The surname Branchflower was first found in Somerset
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor of Kingston, and conjecturally the family is descended from Hubert de St. Clar who held his lands from the Count of Mortaine at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
Survey in 1086 A.D.
Early History of the Branchflower family
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Branchflower Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Branchflower were recorded, including Blanceflower, Blanchflower, Blancheflower, Blanchflour, Blankflower and many more.
Early Notables of the Branchflower family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Branchflower family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Branchflower arrived in North America very early: Elizabeth Blanchflower who settled in Barbados in 1678.
Contemporary Notables of the name Branchflower (post 1700)
- Tony Branchflower, Australian bronze medalist cyclist at the 1976 Australian National Road Race Championships