The ancestors of the Broone family arrived in England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Broone came 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 Broone family
The surname Broone 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 Broone family
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Broone Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Broome, Broom, Brome and others.
Early Notables of the Broone 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 Broone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Broone family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Broone or a variant listed above: Roger Broome who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635; Sarah and Francis Broome settled in Maryland in 1775; John Broome of Yorkshire
, who settled in New York in 1732.