Just came across this Forum and will now place it first on my favourites list. Glad to find others who have my interest in the Brunsdon family name.
My Brunsdon/den connection is through my maternal grandfather (Arthur George Dick Brunsdon, born 1888 in Bucklebury, BRK and have been researching on and off for the past 15+ years. I am developing a Brunsdon/den webpage, teaching myself how to do it as I go along. I'm a novice at webpages, so it may not have a professional look but I hope it will help. It is far from finished, but hope to "launch" it in the next week or so. Right now I'm trying to figure out how to put my GEDCOM data of 3000 names on the page.
The Brunsdon/den name supposedly originated this way:
The origin of the Brunsdon or Brunsden name is believed to come from "Brown Stone" or "Brown Hill". "Brun" is an Old English term for brown, "Don" or "Den" is an Old English term for a stone outcrop or similar feature. Our ancestors may have acquired the name because they lived next to or near by a large brown rock outcrop or such like. Thus they were probably referred to as John who lives by the brown stone, John by the brown stone, John Brownstone, John Brunsdon, etc. The rest is history. The earliest known mention of a version of the Brunsdon name can apparently be found prior to the Norman Conquest of 1066. It was "BRUNSTAN", which is in fact an Old English spelling of brownstone. It was recorded in the 11th. century referring to the name of a lay brother of Hyde and of a moneyer. In 1066 there was a reference to "BRUNSTANUS" blachebiert 1066, Winton in Hampshire and another the "BRUNSTAN(US)" IN 1095. Further afield came a reference for 1121 - 1148 in Bury, Suffolk, "BRUNSTAN" Rams in 13th. century Huntingdonshire and Roger "Brunstan" 1230 in Norfolk. One of the earliest references in it's current spelling is the christening of Thomas Brunsdon on the 21st January 1554 at East Garston, Berkshire.
There are two main spellings of the name, Brunsdon and Brunsden. Among it’s many variations, I have found Brunston, Brinsden, Brousdon, Brunsdam, Brunsdin, Brunsdan and Bronsdowne to name just a few. The name appears to originate in the South of England with major representation in Berkshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and London. Smaller numbers are found in Cornwall, Devon, Hampshire, Sussex, Kent and Norfolk with a few in Lancashire and Yorkshire. With such heavy concentration in the South, one might easily presume that there is "one big happy family".
I have recently come across another supposed origin. That the name has a "blue blood" connection with the Brunswick name of Germany. They came to the England sometime during the time of the House of Hanover and changed it to Brunsdon in the South and Brunsden in the North, because it sounded too German. This had apparently been handed down the one family group through the centuries, but I've no other corroboration yet.
From its humble beginnings, the family has spread around the globe, eventually landing in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, America, South Africa and recently even Spain. And so the story continues!
Hope this helps you.
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