Bramble

Recorded in many spellings including Bramble, Brambell, Brambill, Bremmell, Bremell, Brimmell, Brimble, Brombell, and Brumble, this is an English surname. It originates from the Olde English pre 7th century word "bremel", meaning bramble, and as such there are two possible origins. The first is topographical for a person who lived in an area overrun with bramble, or where bramble had been deliberately grown to provide hedging to contain cattle, however the most likely origin is that it was a nickname. This would have been given to a person with a prickly temperment or perhaps the reverse! In the Chaucerian period of history around the14th century and onwards, such nicknames were all the rage. Some were highly personal and even obscene, others like this one, a more gentle comment on a person's social attitude. Perhaps not surprisingly, few of the more "robust" examples have survived. Early examples of the surname recording taken from surviving church registers of the diocese of Greater London include: Thomas Bremell, a christening witness at St Dunstans in the East, Stepney, on December 12th 1574, William Bramble and his wife Gartrud (?), who were witnesses at St Dunstans in the East, Stepney, on August 17th 1621, Geoffrey Brimble, christened at the church of St Andrews Undershaft, city of London, on July 11th 1651, during the "reign" of Oliver Cromwell, and William Brimmell, christened at St Katherines by the Tower (of London) on September 12th 1741. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Bramble — refers to thorny plants of the genus Rubus , in the Rose family (Rosaceae). Brambles include blackberries, loganberries, and other closely related plants. Bramble fruit is the fruit of any plant of the Genus Rubus , such as the blackberry or the… …   Wikipedia

  • Bramble — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Livingstone Bramble (* 1960), Boxer aus St. Kitts und Nevis Titus Bramble (* 1981), englischer Fußballspieler Sonstiges: Bramble (Indiana), Ort in den Vereinigten Staaten Bramble Cay, nördlichste Insel… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Bramble — Bram ble (br[a^]m b l), n. [OE. brembil, AS. br[=e]mel, br[=e]mbel, br[=ae]mbel (akin to OHG. br[=a]mal), fr. the same root as E. broom, As. br[=o]m. See {Broom}.] 1. (Bot.) Any plant of the genus {Rubus}, including the raspberry and blackberry.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bramble — (n.) O.E. bræmbel rough, prickly shrub (especially the blackberry bush), with euphonic b , from earlier bræmel, from P.Gmc. *bræmaz (see BROOM (Cf. broom)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • bramble — [n] thorny bush brier, burr, catch weed, cleaver, furze, goose grass, gorse, hedge, nettle, prick, prickly shrub, shrub, spray, thistle, thistle sage, thorn; concept 429 …   New thesaurus

  • bramble — ► NOUN 1) a prickly scrambling shrub of the rose family, especially a blackberry. 2) chiefly Brit. the fruit of the blackberry. ORIGIN Old English, related to BROOM(Cf. ↑broom) …   English terms dictionary

  • bramble — [bram′bəl] n. [ME brembel < OE bræmel < brom,BROOM] 1. any of a genus (Rubus) of generally prickly shrubs of the rose family, as the raspberry, blackberry, or dewberry 2. any prickly shrub or vine brambly adj …   English World dictionary

  • bramble — Brambling Bram bling, n. [OE. bramline. See {Bramble}, n.] (Zo[ o]l.) The European mountain finch ({Fringilla montifringilla}); called also {bramble finch} and {bramble}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bramble — [OE] Bramble has several cognates in other Germanic languages, but as with many plant names it does not always refer to the same plant. Old High German brāmma, for instance, is a ‘wild rose’; Old Saxon hiopbrāmio is a ‘hawthorn bush’; and then… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • bramble — UK [ˈbræmb(ə)l] / US noun [countable] Word forms bramble : singular bramble plural brambles 1) a bush with thin sharp points on its long branches, especially one that produces blackberries (= small soft black or purple fruits) 2) a blackberry …   English dictionary

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