The roots of the Anglo-Saxon
name Bransom come from when the family resided in one of several similarly-named settlements. Places called Branston were found in the counties of Leicester, Lincolnshire
, and Staffordshire
. The settlement of Brandeston was found in Suffolk
. Brandiston was in Norfolk
, while places called Braunston existed in Leicester and Northamptonshire.
Early Origins of the Bransom family
The surname Bransom was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bransom family
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Bransom 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. Bransom has been recorded under many different variations, including Branson, Bransone, Bransom, Brandson, Bransoun and many more.
Early Notables of the Bransom family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bransom family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Bransom Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Ely Bransom U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
Contemporary Notables of the name Bransom (post 1700)
- Paul Bransom (1885-1979), American illustrator of animals, a painter, and a cartoonist, known for his covers for the Saturday Evening Post and his work on Grahame's The Wind in the Willows for which he received the Benjamin West Clinedinst Memorial Medal
The Bransom 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: Dum spiro spero
Motto Translation: While I have breath, I hope.