The ancestors of the bearers of the Breim family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in Gloucestershire
, where they held the manor and lands of Breme
in the village and parish of that name. It is from the manorial name from which the family name is derived. The name Breme meant fierce,
Early Origins of the Breim family
The surname Breim was first found in Gloucestershire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Breim family
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Breim Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Breim include Breame, Bream, Breme and others.
Early Notables of the Breim family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Breim family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Breim or a variant listed above: William Breame who settled in Barbados in 1654; John Bream arrived in Pennsylvania in 1866 and moved westward.