This surname BRIMBLE is a variant of Brimm and Braham and was of the locational group of names derived from Braham, a small spot in the West Riding of Yorkshire. There is also Braham Farm in Cambridge, and Brantham in Sussex, from whence the name may have been taken. The name was anciently spelt BRAMHAMM, and literally meant one who lived by the Broom-covered hill. During the middle ages it was customary for a man to be named from the village where he lived, or from the land that he owned. This name would identify his whole family and followed them wherever they moved. The earliest of the name on record appears to be BRAM (without surname) who was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. BRAHAM (without surname) appears in the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1242. Eustace de Brimble was recorded in 1189 in County Essex, and Mathew de Brameham appears in County Yorkshire in 1219. Roger de Brimbel appears in County Suffolk in 1273, and Roger de Bream in London in 1280. Agnes de Brimbal of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. A notable member of the name was John Braham (1774-1856) the English tenor, born in London. He had his first great success at Drury Lane in 1796, and for half a century held the reputation of being one of the world's greatest tenors. He squandered a fortune by purchasing the Colosseum in Regent's Park and building the St. Jame's Theatre. John Gray and Hannah Braham were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1805. The rise of surnames, according to the accepted theory, was due to the Norman Conquest of 1066 when Old English personal-names were rapidly superseded by the new christian names introduced by the Normans. Of these, only a few were really popular and in the 12th century this scarcity of christian names led to the increasing use of surnames to distinguish the numerous individuals of the same name. Some Normans had hereditary surnames before they came to England, but there is evidence that surnames would have developed in England even had there been no Norman Conquest. The development of the feudal system made it essential that the king should know exactly what service each person owed. Payments to and by the exchequer required that debtors and creditors should be particularized, and it became official that each individual acquired exact identification.
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