Brancoom History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Anglo-Saxon name Brancoom comes from when the family resided in Devon, where they held a family seat at Branscombe in the 9th century. Shortly after the Norman Conquest the estates of Branscombe were owned by the Bishop of Exeter and according to the Domesday Book,  150 sheep were part of the holdings contributed to the supplies of the Abbey of Exeter.
Early Origins of the Brancoom family
The surname Brancoom was first found in Devon at Branscombe, a village that dates back to the ninth century. At that time, the village was named Branecescumbe but by the Domesday Book of 1086, it was listed there as Branchescome. The estates of Branscombe were owned by the Bishop of Exeter and the 150 sheep which was part of the holdings contributed to the supplies of the Abbey of Exeter.  The place name literally means "valley of a man called Branoc," for the Celtic personal name + the Old English "Cumb."  One of the earliest records of the surname was Walter Branscombe (Bronscombe, Branescombe, Bronescombe, Bronescomb c. 1220-1280), born in Exeter, an early English priest, Bishop of Exeter from 1258 to 1280; he is buried in Exeter Castle.
"The church [of Colon, Cornwall] is said to have been erected and endowed by Walter Bronscomb, bishop of Exeter, about the year 1250, and by him appropriated to the Augustine canons of his college of Glaseney near Penryn." 
Early History of the Brancoom family
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Brancoom 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. Brancoom has been recorded under many different variations, including Brancomb, Bronscombe, Branscom, Bronscom and others.
Early Notables of the Brancoom family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brancoom family
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 Brancoom or a variant listed above: James Branscomb who settled in Barbados in 1692.