In ancient Scotland
, the first people to use Braithewait as a surname were the Strathclyde- Britons
. It was a name 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 Braithewait family
The surname Braithewait 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 Braithewait family
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Braithewait Spelling Variations
The origin of rules governing the spelling of names and even words is a very recent innovation. Before that, words and names were spelled according to sound, and, therefore, often appeared under several different spelling variations
in a single document. Braithewait has been spelled Brathwaite, Brathwait, Braithwaite, Braithwait and many more.
Early Notables of the Braithewait family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Braithewait family to the New World and Oceana
The persecution faced in their homeland left many Scots with little to do but sail for the colonies of North America. There they found land, freedom, opportunity, and nations in the making. They fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence
, or traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In both cases, they made enormous contributions to the formation of those 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.