This name is of Anglo-Saxon origin and is a locational surname from either one of the places in Cheshire and in Sheffield, Yorkshire called "Bramall". The place in Cheshire is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Bramale". Both places share the same meaning and derivation, which is "broom-covered nook", a sheltered spot with broom or gorse growing in it, derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century "brom", broom, and "h(e)alh", a nook or recess. The modern surname may also be topographical, denoting residence by such a spot. There are eight spellings of the name in the modern idiom:- Bramah, Bramald, Bramall, Bramalt, Brameld, Bramhall, Brammall and Brammer. The Will of Hugh Bramall, of Nether Peover, was recorded in Chester in 1628. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert de Bramhal, (witness), which was dated 1221, The Worcestershire Assize Rolls, during the reign of King Henry III, The Frenchman, 1216 - 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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