It was in the Scottish/English Borderlands that the Strathclyde-Briton people first used the ancient name Blaythwayte. It was a name for someone who lived in any of the places so named in Cumberland
. This place-name derived from the Old Norse words for a broad clearing.
Early Origins of the Blaythwayte family
The surname Blaythwayte was first found in Cumberland
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Blaythwayte family
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Blaythwayte Spelling Variations
Scribes in Medieval Scotland
spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations
exist in names of that era. Blaythwayte has been spelled Brathwaite, Brathwait, Braithwaite, Braithwait and many more.
Early Notables of the Blaythwayte family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blaythwayte family to the New World and Oceana
The number of Strathclyde Clan
families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence
allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them: William Braithwaite who settled in Maryland in 1775; Susan Braithwaite with her husband Francis arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with four children in 1822.