From Stirnet's "Brome1" page (membership required to view without interruption): "(1) It seems that, at least until modern times, 'Brome' and 'Broome' were virtually interchangeable. There is a village called Brome in Suffolk and one called Broome in Norfolk. It appears that there were Brome or Broome Halls in (at least) Norfolk. Shropshire (Salop) & Warwickshire. It is not known if the families which founded those halls shared a common root and gave their names to the hall, or if they took their family names from different places of same/similar name, or (what is perhaps most likely) it was a combination thereof. Commoners starts its article on the family covered by the lower section below with the following: "The very ancient and eminent family of Brome lineally derives from the Earls of Anjou, who took the surname of Brome or Broome, after their pilgrimage to the holy land; Fulk, Earl of Anjou, having worn a sprig of the Broome plant, as the symbol of humility." Fulk's son Geoffrey was known as 'Plantagenet' in recognition of that symbol (see Plantagenet1).
other versions of this surname
family of Shropshire
- http://www.stirnet.com/genie/data/british/bb4fz/brome1.php#con1 (membership required to view without interruption)
cadet branch of Shropshire family in Hertfordshire and Kent
- http://www.stirnet.com/genie/data/british/bb4fz/brome1.php#con2 (membership required to view without interruption)