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Where did the English Bronson family come from? What is the English Bronson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bronson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bronson family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Bronson comes from the family having resided 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, [1] 150 sheep were part of the holdings contributed to the supplies of the Abbey of Exeter.


Bronson has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Brancomb, Bronscombe, Branscom, Bronscom and others.

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. [1] The place name literally means "valley of a man called Branoc," for the Celtic personal name + the Old English "Cumb." [2] 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bronson research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 132 and 1327 are included under the topic Early Bronson History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bronsons to arrive on North American shores:

Bronson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Bronson, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1633

Bronson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Sarah J Bronson, who landed in New York in 1862
  • Mary A Bronson, aged 25, landed in New York in 1862


  • Harrison A. Bronson (1873-1947), American legislator and attorney
  • James H. Bronson (1838-1884), Union Army soldier during the American Civil War, recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm
  • Katrina Holden Bronson, American film director, screenwriter and actress
  • Clarence K. Bronson (1888-1916), pioneer aviator in the United States Navy
  • Johnathon Lee Bronson (b. 1982), professional American football tight end
  • Enos Bronson (1774-1823), American writer and newspaper publisher
  • Isaac Bronson (1760-1838), surgeon during the American Revolutionary War
  • Charles H. Bronson (b. 1949), the former American Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services for the State of Florida
  • Erskine Henry Bronson (1844-1920), American-born, Canadian businessman and political figure
  • Isaac Hopkins Bronson (1802-1855), United States federal judge and U.S. Representative from New York



  • Bronson-Brownson-Brunson: Some Descendants of John Bronson of Hartford (1636) Who Migrated to Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey [and] Pennsylvania by Eliza Howlett Tracy.

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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The Bronson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bronson 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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