The ancestry of the name Bitan can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a name for a maker of buttons. The surname Bitan is a metonymic
name derived from the Old French word boton,
which means button.
Early Origins of the Bitan family
The surname Bitan was first found in Hampshire
and later in Gloucestershire
. Lower says the family can be traced to the 13th century in Hampshire
where Sir Walter de Button was progenitor of the family about 1216 A.D. The family had flourished for several centuries in that county, intermarrying with many distinguished families, supplementing their estates with marriages of the heiresses of the Furneaux, Bryan, Turbevilles, Bassets and others.
William of Bitton I (d. 1264,) also listed as William Button was a medieval Bishop of Bath and Wells. His nephews included another William of Bitton (d. 1274,) was also Bishop of Bath and Wells; and William's brother, a Thomas of Bitton (d. 1307,) an archdeacon and dean of Wells, and later Bishop of Exeter (1291-1307).
Early History of the Bitan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bitan research.Another 150 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1713, 1355, 1355, 1584, 1655, 1614, 1629, 1665, 1625, 1648, 1680, 1624, 1679, 1659, 1679, 1620 and 1646 are included under the topic Early Bitan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bitan Spelling Variations
Bitan has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Bitan have been found, including Button, Bitton, Buttoner, Buton, Biton, Buttons, Boutin, Bouttin, Bouton, Boutton, Budden, Buddan, Boudin, Bouddin, Buttan, Buddon, Buddin, Butten, Buttin, Butting, Budding, Buttane and many more.
Early Notables of the Bitan family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Matthew Button who was executed in 1355; Sir William Button, 1st Baronet
(1584-1655), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1614 and 1629, supported the Royalist cause in the English Civil War; John Button (died 1665), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1625 and 1648, he fought on the Parliamentary side in the English Civil War; Ralph... Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bitan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bitan family to Ireland
Some of the Bitan family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Bitan family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bitans to arrive on North American shores: Mary Button who settled in Jamaica in 1685; Thomas Button settled in Virginia in 1623; William Button settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1620; John Button settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1775.
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