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This long-established surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational name from either of two places in the north of England called Branton; the one near Wooler in Northumberland, and the other south east of Doncaster in the West Riding of Yorkshire, or from the parish and village of Braunton in Devonshire. The first mentioned place, recorded as "Bremetona", circa 1150, and as "Bremtun" in the Book of Fees for Northumberland, dated 1236, is so called from the Olde English pre 7th Century "bremen", broomy, and "tun", enclosure, settlement; hence, "enclosure where broom grew".

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