Branum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
When the ancestors of the Branum family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Gloucestershire. The family is believed to have been from Brain, near Hainaut in Normandy where they were nobles of the order of St. Empire.
Early Origins of the Branum family
The surname Branum was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. The family name is believed to have been seated in Hainaut in Normandy where they were nobles of the order of St. Empire.
Important Dates for the Branum family
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Branum Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Branum has been recorded under many different variations, including Brain, Braine, Brayne, Brane, Brayn and others.
Early Notables of the Branum family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Branum family
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Branums were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Elizabeth Brain who settled in New England in 1754; Richard Braine settled in Virginia in 1653; John Braine settled in Virginia in 1654; Robert Brayne settled in New England in 1663..
Contemporary Notables of the name Branum (post 1700)
- Guy Branum (b. 1975), American actor, comedian, and writer