The founding heritage of the Bittyn family is in the Anglo-Saxon
culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Bittyn comes from when one of the family worked as a maker of buttons. The surname Bittyn is a metonymic
name derived from the Old French word boton,
which means button.
Early Origins of the Bittyn family
The surname Bittyn 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 Bittyn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bittyn 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 Bittyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bittyn Spelling Variations
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. Bittyn has been spelled many different ways, 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 Bittyn 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... Another 99 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bittyn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bittyn family to Ireland
Some of the Bittyn family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
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Migration of the Bittyn family to the New World and Oceana
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 Bittyns to arrive in North America: 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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