Bamtone History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Bamtone is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came 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 Bamtone family
The surname Bamtone 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." 
The first on record was Robert de Bampton, son of Walter de Douay who held Bampton at the time of the Conquest. He had only one daughter "who brought the manor to the Paganells. " 
Later it was the 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. 
Early History of the Bamtone family
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Bamtone Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Bamtone are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Bamtone include: Bampton, Bempton, Bamtone, Bamton, Bammton, Bameton and many more.
Early Notables of the Bamtone family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bamtone family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bamtone 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.
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Worth, R.N., A History of Devonshire London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.G., 1895. Digital
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print