Show ContentsBrimble History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Brimble surname lived in or near the settlement of Brindle in Lancashire.

Early Origins of the Brimble family

The surname Brimble was first found in Lancashire at Brindle, a small village and civil parish of the borough of Chorley that dates back to at least 1206 when it was first listed as Burnhill. The place name probably means "hill by a stream," from the Old English words "burna" + "hyll." 1 "This place appears to have been granted, by the superior tenant of the crown, soon after the Conquest, to a family who were designated from their possessions. The manor passed by the marriage of the heiress of 'Sir Peter de Bryn, of Brynhill,' to the Gerards, with whom it continued till the reign of Henry VIII." 2

Early History of the Brimble family

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Brimble Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Brimble are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Brimble include: Brindley, Brinley, Brindely and others.

Early Notables of the Brimble family

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United States Brimble migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Brimble or a variant listed above:

Brimble Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Brimble, who arrived in Virginia in 1711 3
  • Giles Brimble, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1733-1734 3

Australia Brimble migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Brimble Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Nathaniel Brimble, English convict who was convicted in Bath, Somerset, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 27th August 1841, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 4
  • Mr. George Brimble, (b. 1812), aged 31, English coal miner who was convicted in Wells, Somerset, England for 10 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Cressy" on 28th April 1843, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 5
  • Emanuel Brimble, aged 24, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"

Contemporary Notables of the name Brimble (post 1700) +

  • Ian Brimble (b. 1948), English actor and brother to Vincent Brimble, best known for his starring role in Miss Marple
  • Vincent Brimble (b. 1948), English actor and brother to Ian Brimble, known for his rolls in Last Chance Harvey, Lorna Doone, Bugs and Doctor Who.
  • Nicholas "Nick" Brimble (b. 1944), English actor of television, theatre and film known for his role in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and A Knights Tale.

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. 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)
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 21st May 2021). Retrieved from on Facebook