The name Bratoner reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Bratoner family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Bratoner family lived in Devon
. The name is a reference to the French province of Brettagne or Brittany
, from where this family arrived in 1066.
Early Origins of the Bratoner family
The surname Bratoner was first found in Devon
, where they held a family seat
from the 11th century. Originating in Brittany
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
the name was introduced to England
in 1066 with Auvrai le Breton
being present at the Norman Conquest
in 1066 under the banner of Alain le Roux. William the Conqueror rewarded Auvrai for his service with lordships in Devon
. Later some of the family were found at Great Witchingham in Norfolk
. "The church is a handsome structure, chiefly in the later English style, with a lofty square embattled tower [holds the remains of] John Britton, Bishop of Hereford, who died in 1275." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Bratoner family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bratoner research.Another 423 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1164, 1166, 1166, 1248, 1279, 1379, 1599, 1654, 1771, 1806, 1294, 1297, 1644, 1714 and are included under the topic Early Bratoner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bratoner Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bratoner family name include Brittoner, Brettoner, Brittany, Briton, Breton
, Bretun, Bruton, Bretener, Bretoner, Brettner, Brittain and many more.
Early Notables of the Bratoner family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Ranulph le Breton, canon of St. Pauls in the 13th century; William Briton, a prominent theologian of the 14th century; a... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bratoner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bratoner family to Ireland
Some of the Bratoner family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bratoner family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Bratoner family to immigrate North America: Robart Brittin, who came to Virginia in 1618; John Brittaine, who came to Virginia in 1638; William Brittin, who was on record in Virginia in 1675; Lionel Brittain, his wife Elizabeth and their daughter Elizabeth, who all came to New Jersey in 1680.