This surname BRIMSON was a locational name 'of Branston' a parish in the diocese of Lincoln, and parishes in Lichfield, and Peterborough. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. The name is also spelt BRINSTON, BRIMSDON, BRINSON, BRINSUN and BRIMSTONE. The name was originally derived from the Old English word BRANTSTUN, and literally meant the dweller where Broom grew. Following the Crusades in Europe in the 11th 12th and 13th centuries, a need was felt for an additional name. This was recognized by those of gentler blood, who realised that it added prestige and practical advantage to their status. Early records of the name mention Gilbert de BRANTESON who was documented in the year 1200 in County Suffolk, and Haim de BRANZTON appears in London in 1202. Richard de BRINDSON was recorded in 1273 in County Norfolk. Richard BRAMSTON of County Somerset was mentioned during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). Hugh de BRINSDONE of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. During the Middle Ages, when people were unable to read or write, signs were needed for all visual identification. For several centuries city streets in Britain were filled with signs of all kinds, public houses, tradesmen and even private householders found them necessary. This was an age when there were no numbered houses, and an address was a descriptive phrase that made use of a convenient landmark. At this time, coats of arms came into being, for the practical reason that men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way. Later instances of the name include John BRANSTONE and Christian May who were married at St. George's Chapel, Mayfair in 1731. Henry BRINSDON and Harriet Minto were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1800.
In the Middle Ages the Herald (old French herault) was an officer whose duty it was to proclaim war or peace, carry challenges to battle and messages between sovereigns; nowadays war or peace is still proclaimed by the heralds, but their chief duty as court functionaries is to superintend state ceremonies, such as coronations, installations, and to grant arms. Edward III (1327-1377) appointed two heraldic kings-at-arms for south and north, England in 1340. The English College of Heralds was incorporated by Richard III in 1483-84.
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