Brim History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Brim comes from when the family resided 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, or vigorous.

Early Origins of the Brim family

The surname Brim 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 Brim family

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Brim 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. Brim has been recorded under many different variations, including Breame, Bream, Breme and others.

Early Notables of the Brim family (pre 1700)

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United States Brim migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Brim or a variant listed above:

Brim Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nich Brim, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [1]
  • Felicite Brim, who landed in South Carolina in 1763 [1]
Brim Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ant Brim, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Brim (post 1700) +

  • Orville Gilbert Brim Jr. (1923-2016), American social psychologist, awarded the Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal of the Yale Graduate School Association, 1975
  • W. S. Brim, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1940; Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives 60th District, 1940-41 [2]
  • J. K. Brim, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1940, 1944 (alternate) [2]
  • J. J. Brim, American Republican politician, Candidate for Ohio State House of Representatives from Sandusky County, 1897 [2]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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