names came into being in England in the 12th and13th centuries when people
needed to differentiate one family from another.
Bramhill name is likely to be derived from brom plus haugh, meaning
"dweller by the broom-covered nook".
is a strong possibility, put forward by David Hey in his book 'Family Names and
Family History', that Bramhill is a locational surname and that our ancestors
were linked with the town of Bramhall, Cheshire, nowadays a suburb of the
English city of Manchester.
of the Bramhill name include Bramill, Brumill, Brummill, Bram(m)all, Bram(m)ah,
Bramwell, Bremhell, Brameld, Bramald, Brammar, Brammer and Bramhall.
tracing their family tree should keep an open mind on the spelling; it is fair
bet it was spelled differently just 200 years ago. The spelling often changed
with the generations, local pronunciation or fashion. Names have been spelt
differently even within the same document especially as many people were
illiterate, and clerks were not fussy about their spelling. David Hey says the
"h" of Bramhill was silent until the middle of the 1700s - but some
Liverpool Bramhills still don't sound the "h".
we keep to the one spelling of Bramhill, today's Bramhills can usually trace
their roots to Liverpool and Yorkshire/Lincolnshire, while Bramhalls predominate
theory which may or may not be true is that the name is Dutch. Some Epworth
Bramhills believed the family came across from the Netherlands when the Fens
were drained. Certainly there was a Juliana de Bramholle in Manchester in the
1500s, and Bram is a common Dutch name, usually as a derivative of Abraham.
"Bremer" and "Bremmer" are listed in the Dutch phone book.
If the Bramhill name is a corruption of a Dutch word, it could have been
Braamheuvel (blackberry hill), although this does not appear to be a modern-day
- The Surname
earliest record of a variant of the Bramhill surname is in Worcestershire in
1221 when a Robert de Bramhal is recorded in the Assize Rolls. England at the
time was ruled by the 14-year-old Henry III, son of John, the Magna Carta king.
1543, a Thomas Brammall is recorded in the Sheffield Manorial Records.
1602, arms were granted by a Segar Norroy to John Bramhall, alderman of
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or rather Bromhulle, as a place name is found as early as 891 AD. The Dictionary
of Old English project at the University of Toronto found this quote in the
Guide To Anglo-Saxon Charters by P.N. Sawyer (London, 1968)
over whetecombe on alden doune op bi wirtrone on an rewe dich. Thanen a doun
over yfre thanen out on "bromhulle" of "bromhulle" eft on
passage relates to a grant of land in Buckland Newton, Dorset, by Alfred the
Great to Beorhtwulf "his faithful".
the same Bromhulle is mentioned in "Proceedings of the Dorset Natural
History and Archaeological Society" by S.B. Grundy, 1933, pages 239 to 268.
It uses old English to refer to Broomhill, a projecting bastion on the north
side of Church Hill, Watcombe (Whetecombe).
You Want To Know About The Bramhills?
your surname is Bramhill, then your family probably has roots in Lancashire,
Cheshire, Lincolnshire or Yorkshire, England. The family name is possibly Saxon,
and is believed to have emerged in Cheshire, England, in the 1200s. The meaning
of the name is likely to be broom plus hill, i.e.; our ancestors lived on the
broom-covered hill. A well-to-do town in Cheshire, nowadays a suburb of the
English city of Manchester, is called Bramhall. There may be a link to the
of the Bramhill name include Bramall, Bramwell and Bramhall (the spelling often
changed with the generations, especially as many people could neither read nor
is almost certainly fiction, but the UK firm, Hall of Names, lists the Bramhill
coat of arms as "black with a gold lion rampant", it gives the crest
as a gold lion, and a family motto as "Sanguine Christe Tuo".
are known to live in these UK counties: Merseyside, Lancashire, Humberside,
Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Essex, Suffolk.
are also known to live in these countries: Canada, USA, New Zealand, South
of the Past
Bramhall - Pontefract in the 1200s
Bramhall - mayor of Pontefract in 1502
Bramhall - bishop of Ripon, in the mid 1500s
family - single mention in Warwickshire authoress George Elliot's "The Sad
Fortunes of The Reverend Amos Barton", chapter six, when Mr. Ely asks Mr.
Fellowes: "By the by, do you know who is the man to whom Lord Watling has
given the Bramhill living?"
family - instrumental in setting up Salvation Army
Marshal Edwin Bramall - led British Army in 1970s.
Bramhill of Kansas: Left Epworth, Lincolnshire in 1828, settling in Wisconsin
and Waterloo Township, Kansas. Two sons, One daughter. I can supply more detail.
See also John Quanz, Canada (Links to today's Bramhills).
Bramhill: belonged to early radio enthusiasts group in Oxford, UK, in 1930s.
Bramhill: wrote anthology on carrier systems for data transmission for
information of Western Union personnel. Paper now in Western Union Telegraph Co
Collection 1848-1963, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian
Garland Bramhill, grandson of George and Ann Bramhill, was involved with
agricultural organisation in Canada in 1920.
For further information from Will look at his website at www.bramhill.net.
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