Birrinton is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Birrinton family 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 Birrinton family
The surname Birrinton 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 Birrinton family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birrinton 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 Birrinton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Birrinton Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Birrinton are characterized by many spelling variations
. 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. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Birrinton include Barrington, Barentin, Berrington, Berington, Berinton, Barenten, Barenton, Barentine, Barentyn, Barrinton, Barrenkton, Barringston and many more.
Early Notables of the Birrinton 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 Birrinton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Birrinton family to Ireland
Some of the Birrinton 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 Birrinton family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Birrinton, or a variant listed above: 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 Birrinton 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.