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The ancestry of the name Bromley dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in Bromley Abbots or Bromley Bagots in Staffordshire. Bromley itself is derived from the Old English word bromleigh which means clearing where brambles are found. Alternatively the name could have originated from the Old English words "brom" + "leah," and meant "woodland clearing where broom grows." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
However, there are numerous villages and parishes named Bromley throughout Britain. One of the oldest was Bromley in Kent. "This place, which is supposed to have derived its name from the quantity of broom with which the neighbourhood abounds, was in the eighth century given by Ethelbert, King of Kent, to the bishops of Rochester, in whose possession it remained, with very little interruption, till the recent purchase of an estate in Essex for the see." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


Bromley Early Origins



The surname Bromley was first found in Staffordshire where one of the first records of the name was Geoffrey de Bromleye who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. The same rolls list Robert de Bromlegh in Salop. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Johannes de Bromylegh.

"Wootton Hall [in Wooton, Staffordshire], the seat of the Rev. Walter Davenport Bromley, who is owner of the village, is built on a spot than which, in the entire range of the vale of Dove, there is scarcely one more adapted for a noble mansion: its situation is a lofty sloping bank rising from a forest-like seclusion; and the landscape of mountain, meadow, and sylvan scenery is almost unbounded." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
"The ancient manor of Alvaston [in Cheshire] was possessed by the Bromley family, but no manor now exists." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Bromley Spelling Variations


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Bromley Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bromley have been found, including Bromley, Bromiley, Bromily, Bromly, Bromely, Bromly, Bromleigh and many more.

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Bromley Early History


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Bromley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bromley research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1706, 1530, 1587, 1579, 1587, 1652, 1707, 1705, 1707, 1717, 1682, 1718, 1707 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Bromley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bromley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bromley Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Sir Thomas Bromley (1530-1587) of Cheshire, Lord Chancellor of England (1579-1587); John Bromley (c.1652-1707), of White River, St. Philip's, Barbados, and Horseheath Hall, Cambridgeshire, an English politician, Member of the Parliament...

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bromley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Bromley, or a variant listed above:

Bromley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • David Bromley settled in Virginia in 1635
  • David Bromley, aged 15, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Launcelott Bromley, aged 44, landed in Barbados in 1635
  • Alexander Bromley settled in Virginia in 1655
  • Alex Bromley, who arrived in Virginia in 1655
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bromley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Bromley, who arrived in New England in 1720
  • Drury Bromley, who arrived in New York in 1798
  • Beury Bromley, who arrived in New York in 1798

Bromley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Bromley, aged 53, arrived in New York in 1812
  • M Bromley, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • John Bromley, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1864
  • George Bromley, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871

Bromley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • W. Bromley arrived in Kangaroo Bay aboard the ship "Tam O'Shanter" in 1836 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAM O'SHANTER - 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836TamOShanter.htm
  • Edwin Bromley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairfield.htm
  • Mary Bromley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairfield.htm
  • Edward Bromley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairfield.htm
  • Elizabeth Bromley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairfield.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bromley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Bromley landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Hardsley Bromley landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Bromley landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Cath Stuart Forbes
  • Henry Bromley arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cashmere" in 1851
  • William Bromley arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bromley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bromley (post 1700)



  • J. H. Bromley, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1912
  • Isaac W. R. Bromley, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Oregon, 1848-50
  • George T. Bromley, American politician, U.S. Consul in Tientsin, 1884
  • Charles D. Bromley (1899-1968), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1924, 1952 (alternate)
  • Charles B. Bromley, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Lisbon, 1897-98
  • Calvin D. Bromley, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Lisbon, 1903-04
  • Calvin B. Bromley, American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 13th District, 1863
  • Bruce Bromley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1932; Candidate for judge of New York Court of Appeals, 1949
  • Berenice B. Bromley, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Vermont, 1944 (alternate), 1956
  • B. Gordon Bromley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1912, 1916; Candidate for Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1915
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Bromley Historic Events


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Bromley Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William Henry Bromley, British Chief Petty Officer Telegraphist from Budeaux, Plymouth, England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Non inferior secutus
Motto Translation: Not following meaner things.


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  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. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAM O'SHANTER - 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836TamOShanter.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairfield.htm

Other References

  1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Bromley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bromley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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