The origins of the Bromfitt name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived near an area of open land covered with broom, which is a type of shrub which usually has small yellow flowers. The surname Bromfitt 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 Bromfitt family
The surname Bromfitt 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 Bromfitt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bromfitt 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 Bromfitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bromfitt Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bromfitt were recorded, including Broomfield, Broomfeild, Bromfield, Broomfelde and many more.
Early Notables of the Bromfitt 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 Bromfitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bromfitt family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bromfitt family emigrate to North America: Henry Bromfield who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1766; Mark Bromfield settled in Virginia in 1645; James Bromfield settled in New England