This name means “black steep-sided hollow or valley (son of Brown, black, son of the dark-skinned one)”. The name derives from an Old English (Anglo-Saxon) surname of the 9th century. The native form could be "Brancomb, Bronscombe", the name made up of two Celtic tribal words, "Bran" (black) plus "cwm" (valley). The name absorbing influences of Latin and French, as well as other languages and the spelling of people's names also changed considerably. Branscombe is a village in the East Devon district of the English county of Devon.