Brittaine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Brittaine was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Brittaine family lived in Devon. The name is a reference to the French province of Brettagne or Brittany, from where this family arrived in 1066. [1]

Early Origins of the Brittaine family

The surname Brittaine was first found in Devon, where they held a family seat from the 11th century. Originating in Brittany, [2] the name was introduced to England in 1066 with Auvrai le Breton being present at the Norman Conquest in 1066 under the banner of Alain le Roux. William the Conqueror rewarded Auvrai for his service with lordships in Devon. Later some of the family were found at Great Witchingham in Norfolk. "The church is a handsome structure, chiefly in the later English style, with a lofty square embattled tower [holds the remains of] John Britton, Bishop of Hereford, who died in 1275." [3]

Important Dates for the Brittaine family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brittaine research. Another 212 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1164, 1166, 1166, 1248, 1279, 1379, 1599, 1654, 1771, 1806, 1294, 1297, 1644, 1714 and are included under the topic Early Brittaine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brittaine Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Brittoner, Brettoner, Brittany, Briton, Breton, Bretun, Bruton, Bretener, Bretoner, Brettner, Brittain and many more.

Early Notables of the Brittaine family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Ranulph le Breton, canon of St. Pauls in the 13th century; William Briton, a prominent theologian of the 14th century; a bearer of Britain, who was...
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brittaine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Brittaine family to Ireland

Some of the Brittaine family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brittaine migration to the United States

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Brittaine or a variant listed above:

Brittaine Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Brittaine, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [4]
  • Robert Brittaine, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [4]
  • John Brittaine, who settled in Virginia in 1638
  • John Brittaine, who landed in Virginia in 1638 [4]
  • Thomas Brittaine, who arrived in Virginia in 1655 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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