The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066 brought the Birinton family name to the British Isles. They lived in parishes at Cambridge, Berkshire, Somerset
and Gloucester. Their original family seat
was at Barentin
, and they were one of a group of families that draw their name from this location.
Early Origins of the Birinton family
The surname Birinton was first found in Cambridge and Lincolnshire
where they have held a family seat
from very ancient times. Barrington or De Barenton was located near Caudebec, Normandy
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)
They were granted manors and estates by Duke William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Birinton family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birinton research.Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1917, 1588, 1570, 1628, 1601, 1611, 1621, 1628, 1644, 1621, 1629, 1605, 1683, 1645, 1648, 1660, 1679, 1671, 1715 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Birinton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Birinton Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Barrington, Barentin, Berrington, Berington, Berinton, Barenten, Barenton, Barentine, Barentyn, Barrinton, Barrenkton, Barringston and many more.
Early Notables of the Birinton family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Berrington, High Sheriff
in 1588; Sir Francis Barrington, 1st Baronet
(ca. 1570-1628), an English lawyer and politician, Member of Parliament for Essex
(1601-1611) and (1621-1628); his son, Sir Thomas Barrington, 2nd Baronet
(died 1644)... Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Birinton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Birinton family to Ireland
Some of the Birinton family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 56 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Birinton family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Birinton or a variant listed above were: Abigail Barrington who settled in Barbados in 1664; Isaac Barrington settled in Barbados in 1654; Robert Barrington settled in Virginia in 1677; Benjamin Barrington settled in North Carolina in 1701.
The Birinton Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Ung durant ma vie
Motto Translation: The same while I live.