Branstome History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Branstome is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Brandeston, a parish in Suffolk on the River Deben or in one of the villages named below.
Early Origins of the Branstome family
The surname Branstome was first found in various shires including Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Staffordshire 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."  All three locals were listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Brantestone (Leicestershire) Branztune (Lincolnshire) and Bronstinson (Staffordshire.)
Early History of the Branstome family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Branstome research. Another 340 words (24 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 Branstome History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Branstome Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Branstome has been spelled many different ways, including Branston, Brandeston, Branteston, Braunteston, Brancston, Braunston, Bramston and many more.
Early Notables of the Branstome family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Branstome family to Ireland
Some of the Branstome 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 Branstome family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Branstomes to arrive in North America: John Bramston who arrived in America in 1746; John Branston in America in 1773 and J. Branston in Philadelphia in 1856.