It was in the Scottish/English Borderlands that the Strathclyde-Briton people first used the ancient name Blaythwait. It was a name for someone who lived in any of the places so named in
. This place-name derived from the Old Norse words for a
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blaythwait research.Another 126 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1185, 1185, 1588 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Blaythwait History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Surnames that evolved in Scotland
in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations
. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Blaythwait has appeared as Brathwaite, Brathwait, Braithwaite, Braithwait and many more.
The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan
families back home. Many Scots even fought against England
in the American War of Independence
to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them: William Braithwaite who settled in Maryland in 1775; Susan Braithwaite with her husband Francis arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with four children in 1822.