Bammton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Bammton dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in one of numerous places in England named Bampton. Among these are two villages, and parishes in the counties of Devon, Oxford, Cumberland, and Westminster.

Early Origins of the Bammton family

The surname Bammton was first found in Devon, at Bampton, a market-town and parish, in the union of Tiverton, hundred of Bampton. "Bampton is supposed by Bishop Gibson to have been the Beamdune of the Saxon Chronicle, where, in 614, the Britons were defeated with great slaughter by Cynegils, King of the West Saxons." [1]

Later it was birth place and home to John de Bampton, Archdeacon of Lewes from 1395 to 1419. Many believe that this Carmelite monk whose intervention as a royal official to collect unpaid taxes in Brentwood led to the Peasant's Revolt (Wat Tyler's Rebellion) in 1381.

Bampton Castle in Devon, is a Saxon mound built into a castle which fell in 1607 and only the motte remains today. Another Bampton Castle was fund in Oxfordshire which one reference claims that "in about 1142 AD during the reign of Stephen, Matilda a motte castle was built." This latter castle was demolished before 1789.

John Bampton ( fl. 1340), was an early theologian of the fourteenth century, born at Bampton, in Devon. [2]

Important Dates for the Bammton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bammton research. Another 352 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1208, 1300, 1332, 1400, 1500, 1642, 1700, 1785, 1690, 1751, 1718 and 1751 are included under the topic Early Bammton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bammton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bammton have been found, including Bampton, Bempton, Bamtone, Bamton, Bammton, Bameton and many more.

Early Notables of the Bammton family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Bammton family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Bammton, or a variant listed above: Thomas Bampton, who sailed to Nova Scotia in 1749. Charles Bampton was recorded in the Algoma District of Ontario in 1871.

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
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