The Bromfit name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. 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 Bromfit 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 Bromfit family
The surname Bromfit 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 Bromfit family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bromfit 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 Bromfit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bromfit Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Bromfit has undergone many spelling variations
, including Broomfield, Broomfeild, Bromfield, Broomfelde and many more.
Early Notables of the Bromfit 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 Bromfit Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bromfit family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Bromfit were among those contributors: Henry Bromfield who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1766; Mark Bromfield settled in Virginia in 1645; James Bromfield settled in New England