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Spelling Bee: Bremingham or Brummagem or …? 141 ways of spelling Birmingham

As the face of Birmingham has changed through the centuries, so has the spelling of its name. Birmingham has grown from a tiny village on the banks of the River Rea – in the Domesday Book it was only worth twenty shillings – to become the second city in England. The name probably dates from Anglo-Saxon times.

Brem or Berm an Anglo-Saxon name
ingas descendants
ham the home

The lord of the manor in the 12th century was Peter de Bermingham. His name was spelt in various ways even in his lifetime. The spellingBirmingham was not used consistently until the 18th century. Today Brummagem or Brum are nearly as common as Birmingham, and the people are known as Brummies.

One hundred and forty-one of these names were collected by William Hamper, a Birmingham antiquarian, in the early 19th century. In 1880 a booklet was published: AN HISTORICAL CURIOSITY, by a Birmingham Resident, ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-ONE WAYS OF SPELLING BIRMINGHAM.

The names are mounted in white vinyl lettering on the sides of the escalators in Birmingham Central Library.  

Birmincham
Bromincham
Bremingham
Birmincham
Bromycham
Byrmicham
Birmyngeham
Bourmyneham
Bermynghem
Berkmyngham
Birmygam
Brimicham

Byrmyngeham
Barmegam
Brumwycham
Bermyngeham
Bromwycham
Burmyngham
Bermyngham
Byrmyngham
Bromicham
Brimingham
Bermingham
Bermicham

Brymyncham
Bremisham
Bremischam
Bromisham
Brimmingham
Bermengeham
Byrmincham
Bermicham
Bermyncham
Bermingeham
Burmyncham
Bermingham

Burmyngeham
Bermynehelham
Byrmegham
Bormingham
Birmyngham
Burymyngham
Brymyngeham
Bremichem
Brymyccham
Brunningham
Bruinidgham
Bromwicham

Bermengham
Byrmingecham
Buringham
Beringham
Burmicham
Brammingham
Brumigham
Burmyngcham
Bremecham
Brimechame
Bermyngam
Brymysham

Birmingeham
Burmedgeham
Byrmingham
Byrmyncham
Birmyncham
Brumingham
Brumingam
Brummingham
Birmicham
Brinnicham
Brymegham
Birmingham

Burmigham
Bormyngeham
Bremyngham
Burmincham
Byrmycham
Brymmyngeham
Birminghame
Birmyngehame
Brymicham
Burmygham
Byrmingeham
Burmegham
Burmycham
Birmyngcham
Burmicheham
Bermgham
Berrmgham
Byrmigeham
Brimmigham
Brymingham
Bermicheham
Byrmingecham
Brymyngham
Birymincham
Brymincham
Byrmyngcham
Byrmingcham
Birmingcham
Burmucham
Brimmidgham
Burmegam
Brymyncham
Byrminham
Brimisham
Burmycham
Brumegume
Brummidgham
Bromidgome
Bremingem
Burmegum
Brumigam
Brumicham
Brummingsham
Burningham
Bermingaham
Bremingam
Burmigam
Birmingcham
Brymynham
Brymygeham
Bormycham
Brimigam
Brymyngiam
Bremyngeham
Brimyncham
Brymmyngham
Brymycham
Brymyham
Brymyscham
Brummagem
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