The ancestors of the bearers of the Braunton family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in one of the settlements named Brampton,
which were found in the counties of Cumberland
, Huntingdonshire, Lincolnshire
, Northamptonshire, Suffolk
(now part of Cumbria), and the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Braunton family
The surname Braunton was first found in Norfolk
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 Braunton family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Braunton research.Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1440, 1508, 1690 and 1751 are included under the topic Early Braunton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Braunton Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Braunton include Brampton, Bramton and others.
Early Notables of the Braunton family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Edward Brampton, KG
(1440-1508), the Governor of Guernsey, a knight, adventurer, ship commander and the godson and protégé of... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Braunton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Braunton family to Ireland
Some of the Braunton family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Braunton family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Braunton or a variant listed above: Mansfield Brampton who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1772; Briar Brampton settled in Virginia in 1774; Isaac Brampton arrived in Philadelphia in 1858.