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The history of the Brumfield family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living near an area of open land covered with broom, which is a type of shrub which usually has small yellow flowers. The surname Brumfield may also be derived from residence in one of the places called Broomfield in the counties of Kent, Essex, or Somerset, or in one of the settlements called Bromfield in Cumberland (Cumbria) or at Broomfield in Shropshire.


The surname Brumfield was first found in Cumberland where their ancient manor and estates were at Hames Hall. They became one of the distinguished families of Cumberland. They also became responsible for the defense of the East March of the English Scottish border along with the Greys and the Dunnes. The place name was first spelt Brounefled ( c. 1125) and was derived from the Old English words brom + fled. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
One of the earliest records of the name was Edmund de Bromfield (Edmund Bromfeld or Bramfield) (died 1393), an English Benedictine monk who became bishop of Llandaff.

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Brumfield include Broomfield, Broomfeild, Bromfield, Broomfelde and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brumfield research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1st , 1610, 1666, 1689, 1650, 1604, 1622, 1631, 1704, 1636, 1672, 1733, 1647, 1621, 1624, 1550, 1610, 1683 and 1647 are included under the topic Early Brumfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Notables of this surname at this time include Sir John Bromfield, 1st Baronet (c. 1610-c. 1666) of Southwark in Surrey, High Sheriff od Surrey in 1689; Arthur Bromfield (died 1650), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1604 and 1622; Sir Edward Bromfield (c. 1631-1704), 2nd Baronet...

Another 77 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brumfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Brumfield or a variant listed above:

Brumfield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Kath Brumfield, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • Dorothy Brumfield, who landed in Maryland in 1668

Brumfield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Brumfield, who arrived in Virginia in 1719

Brumfield Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William Brumfield, aged 32, who arrived in America from London, England in 1904
  • Alexandra Brumfield, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States, in 1918
  • Edward Brumfield, aged 46, who landed in America in 1921

  • Delores Brumfield (b. 1932), American former utility infielder/outfielder in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League who played from 1947 through 1953
  • William Craft Brumfield (b. 1944), American historian of Russian architecture, Professor of Slavic studies at Tulane University
  • Charlie Brumfield (b. 1948), American attorney and former professional racquetball player, inducted into the Racquetball Hall of Fame
  • Scott Brumfield (b. 1970), American former professional football player who suffered a severe spinal-cord injury that left his legs temporarily paralyzed but returned to play again
  • Jacob Donnell Brumfield (b. 1965), American former Major League Baseball player who played from 1992 to 1999
  • Donald Alan "Don" Brumfield (b. 1938), American retired jockey with 4,573 wins, inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1996
  • William W. Brumfield, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Wayne County, 1866
  • Robert N. Brumfield, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Kentucky 1st District, 1936
  • Mary Brumfield, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 17th District, 1932
  • H. Alva Brumfield, American Democrat politician, Member of Louisiana State Senate, 1950
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  • Fields of Broom: John Brumfield and Margaret Kelly, Their Ancestors and Descendants by Alma Dell Magee Clawson.

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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The Brumfield Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Brumfield 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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