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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Bitter has been spelled many different ways, including Bitterley, Bitterly, Biterley, Biterley and others.
First found in Sussex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 13th century.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bitter research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Bitter History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Bitter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Bitters to arrive in North America:
Bitter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Bitter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Bitter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bitter Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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