Brumfield last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Brumfield is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Brumfield.

Meaning of Brumfield

An English occupational surname for someone who lived near a broom field or grew broom plants.

Brumfield, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Brumfield surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Brumfield in America

Brumfield is the 3027th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Brumfield surname appeared 11,842 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 people would have the surname Brumfield.

We can also compare 2010 data for Brumfield to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 3027 2913 3.84%
Count 11,842 11,350 4.24%
Proportion per 100k 4.01 4.21 -4.87%

The history of the last name Brumfield

The surname Brumfield is believed to have originated in England during the medieval period. It is derived from the Old English words "brom" meaning "broom" and "feld" meaning "field." This suggests that the name may have referred to someone who lived or worked near a field of broom plants.

One of the earliest known records of the Brumfield surname dates back to the late 13th century in Staffordshire, England. The surname is found in the Hundred Rolls of 1273, an important medieval census document. This early spelling was recorded as "de Bromfeld."

By the 14th century, variations of the name began to appear in various historical records across different counties in England. Some of these variations included Bromfield, Broomfield, and Brumfield. This diversity in spelling was common during that period due to inconsistent record-keeping practices.

The Brumfield surname can be traced back to several place names in England, such as Broomfield in Somerset, Broomfield in Kent, and Bramfield in Suffolk. It is likely that the name originated from one of these locations, as it was common for people to adopt surnames based on the place they lived or came from.

Notable individuals with the Brumfield surname in history include:

  1. William Brumfield (c. 1450 - 1510), an English merchant and landowner from Worcestershire.
  2. John Brumfield (1586 - 1662), a Puritan minister and one of the founders of the town of Rowley, Massachusetts.
  3. Thomas Brumfield (1670 - 1738), an English soldier who served in the Nine Years' War and the War of the Spanish Succession.
  4. Mary Brumfield (1726 - 1803), a English Quaker writer and activist who campaigned against slavery and the slave trade.
  5. Benjamin Brumfield (1788 - 1867), an American politician and lawyer who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Throughout its history, the Brumfield surname has remained relatively uncommon, but it has been documented in various parts of England, as well as in the United States and other English-speaking countries due to migration and immigration patterns.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Brumfield

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Brumfield.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Brumfield was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 54.50% 6,454
Non-Hispanic Black Only 41.21% 4,880
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.36% 43
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.39% 46
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 1.68% 199
Hispanic Origin 1.86% 220

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Brumfield has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 54.50% 57.75% -5.79%
Black 41.21% 39.22% 4.95%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.36% 0.33% 8.70%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.39% 0.26% 40.00%
Two or More Races 1.68% 1.19% 34.15%
Hispanic 1.86% 1.25% 39.23%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Brumfield was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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