The present generation of the Bromfild family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived near an area of open land covered with broom, which is a type of shrub which usually has small yellow flowers. The surname Bromfild may also be derived from residence in one of the places called Broomfield in the counties of Kent
, or Somerset
, or in one of the settlements called Bromfield in Cumberland
(Cumbria) or at Broomfield in Shropshire.
Early Origins of the Bromfild family
The surname Bromfild was first found in Cumberland
where their ancient manor and estates were at Hames Hall. They became one of the distinguished families of Cumberland
. They also became responsible for the defense of the East March of the English Scottish border along with the Greys and the Dunnes. The place name was first spelt Brounefled (c.
1125) and was derived from the Old English words brom + fled. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
One of the earliest records of the name was Edmund de Bromfield (Edmund Bromfeld or Bramfield) (died 1393), an English Benedictine monk who became bishop of Llandaff.
Early History of the Bromfild family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bromfild research.Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1st , 1610, 1666, 1689, 1650, 1604, 1622, 1631, 1704, 1636, 1672, 1733, 1647, 1621, 1624, 1550, 1610, 1683 and 1647 are included under the topic Early Bromfild History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bromfild Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Bromfild include Broomfield, Broomfeild, Bromfield, Broomfelde and many more.
Early Notables of the Bromfild family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir John Bromfield, 1st Baronet (c.
1610-c. 1666) of Southwark in Surrey
, High Sheriff
in 1689; Arthur Bromfield (died 1650), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1604 and 1622; Sir Edward Bromfield (c.
1631-1704), 2nd Baronet... Another 77 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bromfild Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bromfild family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Bromfild were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Henry Bromfield who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1766; Mark Bromfield settled in Virginia in 1645; James Bromfield settled in New England