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Where did the English Brett family come from? What is the English Brett family crest and coat of arms? When did the Brett family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Brett family history?The name Brett arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Brett family lived in Brittany. The surname Brett is based upon the Old French word Bret, the nominative case of the word Breton which meant a Breton.
A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Brett, Britt, Bret, Brit and others.
First found in Essex where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Tihel Brito was the first noble to settle. The Domesday Book,  compiled about 1086, records him with manors in both Essex and Norfolk, and one in Somerset.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brett research. Another 121 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1677, 1587, 1674, 1640 and 1644 are included under the topic Early Brett History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 79 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Brett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Brett or a variant listed above:
Brett Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Brett Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Brett Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Brett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brett Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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