The present generation of the Branstombe family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in Brandeston, a parish in Suffolk
on the River Deben or in one of the villages named below.
Early Origins of the Branstombe family
The surname Branstombe was first found in various shires including Leicestershire
where we find today villages and civil parishes named Branston. These place names were derived from the Old English personal name
Brant + "tun," as in "a farmstead or a village of a man called Brant." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
All three locals were listed in the Domesday Book
of 1086 as Brantestone (Leicestershire) Branztune (Lincolnshire) and Bronstinson (Staffordshire.)
Early History of the Branstombe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Branstombe research.Another 679 words (48 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1200, 1210, 1221, 1273, 1273, 1500, 1568, 1731, 1778, 1800, 1287, 1288, 1288, 1778 and 1827 are included under the topic Early Branstombe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Branstombe Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Branstombe include Branston, Brandeston, Branteston, Braunteston, Brancston, Braunston, Bramston and many more.
Early Notables of the Branstombe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Branstombe family to Ireland
Some of the Branstombe family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Branstombe family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Branstombe were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: John Bramston who arrived in America in 1746; John Branston in America in 1773 and J. Branston in Philadelphia in 1856.