Broon is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Broon comes from the name of a plant. The family name claims direct descent from the Earls of Anjou
, who changed their name to Broome after a pilgrimage to the crusades and the Holy Land. As the story goes, the Earl of Anjou, wore a sprig of Broome as a symbol of humility. He then took the name of the plant as his name.
Early Origins of the Broon family
The surname Broon was first found in Kent
where Eustace de la Brome was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273. The same census lists William de Broom and Henry de Brom in Norfolk
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
By the time of King Edward III (1312-1377), records of the name were found in Somerset: Nicholas atte
Brome and William atte
Brome. Another early branch of the family was found in the parish of Holton in Oxfordshire
. "The church is a cruciform structure, with a chapel attached to the north aisle, and another to the south; the latter, which appears to be the less ancient, was built by William Brome, who in 1461 was buried in a vault underneath it. In the parish register is recorded the marriage of Ireton to Bridget, daughter of Oliver Cromwell
, which took place June 15th, 1646, in the mansion-house of the Whorwood family, to whom the estate was conveyed by marriage with the heiress of George Brome." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Broon family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Broon research.Another 316 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1366, 1550, 1600, 1485, 1620, 1666, 1719, 1689 and 1745 are included under the topic Early Broon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Broon Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Broome, Broom, Brome and others.
Early Notables of the Broon family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Henry Broome, who died at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485; Alexander Brome (1620-1666), an English poet; James Brome (died 1719), an English clergyman and travel writer... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Broon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Broon family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Broon or a variant listed above:
Broon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- J M Broon, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1871 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)