Bronscoombe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Bronscoombe belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in Devon, where they held a family seat at Branscombe in the 9th century. Shortly after the Norman Conquest the estates of Branscombe were owned by the Bishop of Exeter and according to the Domesday Book,  150 sheep were part of the holdings contributed to the supplies of the Abbey of Exeter.
Early Origins of the Bronscoombe family
The surname Bronscoombe was first found in Devon at Branscombe, a village that dates back to the ninth century. At that time, the village was named Branecescumbe but by the Domesday Book of 1086, it was listed there as Branchescome. The estates of Branscombe were owned by the Bishop of Exeter and the 150 sheep which was part of the holdings contributed to the supplies of the Abbey of Exeter.  The place name literally means "valley of a man called Branoc," for the Celtic personal name + the Old English "Cumb."  One of the earliest records of the surname was Walter Branscombe (Bronscombe, Branescombe, Bronescombe, Bronescomb c. 1220-1280), born in Exeter, an early English priest, Bishop of Exeter from 1258 to 1280; he is buried in Exeter Castle.
"The church [of Colon, Cornwall] is said to have been erected and endowed by Walter Bronscomb, bishop of Exeter, about the year 1250, and by him appropriated to the Augustine canons of his college of Glaseney near Penryn." 
Early History of the Bronscoombe family
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Bronscoombe 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 Bronscoombe include Brancomb, Bronscombe, Branscom, Bronscom and others.
Early Notables of the Bronscoombe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bronscoombe family
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 Bronscoombe were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: James Branscomb who settled in Barbados in 1692.