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Broomhead Coat of Arms / Broomhead Family Crest

Broomhead Coat of Arms / Broomhead Family Crest

The surname of BROOMHEAD was a locational name 'of Broomhead' in County Yorkshire and there is a place of the name in Hallamshire in Sheffield, from where the original bearer may have taken his name. Henry de Bromeheuede who was documented in the year 1290 in Sheffield, appears to be the first of the name on record. John Bromehead was recorded in Lancashire in the year 1377, and Thomas Bromhead of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. The surname is well known in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Local surnames, by far the largest group, derived from a place name where the man held land or from the place from which he had come, or where he actually lived. These local surnames were originally preceded by a preposition such as "de", "atte", "by" or "in". The names may derive from a manor held, from working in a religious dwelling or from literally living by a wood or marsh or by a stream. The names introduced into Britain by the Normans during the Invasion of 1066 were of three kinds. There were names of Norse origin which their ancestors had carried into Normandy; names of Germanic origin which the Frankish conquerors had brought across the Rhine and which had ousted the old Celtic and Latin names from France, and Biblical names and names of Latin and Greek saints. These names they retained even after the customs and language of the natives of Northern France had been adopted by them. After the Norman Conquest not only Normans, but Frenchmen and Bretons from other parts of France settled in England, and quite a few found their way north into Scotland. Later records of the name mention John Broomehed and Alice Bates who were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1667. John Bromhead married Elizabeth Kaine at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1772. Most of the European surnames were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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