Brawtan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Brawtan is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Brawtan family lived in Staffordshire, Lancashire, Lincoln, Northamptonshire and many other counties. The name probably derived from the name Boroughtown and is indicative of its bearer's residence one of many localities so named in Britain.

Early Origins of the Brawtan family

The surname Brawtan was first found in Staffordshire at Broughton. However, "the Broughtons descend in the male line from one of the most ancient families of the county of Chester, the Vernons of Shipbrook. Richard de Vernon, a younger brother of this house, was father of Adam de Napton, in the county of Warwick, whose issue assumed their local name from Broughton in Staffordshire." [1] Shirley continues "the pedigrees vary as to the exact point of connection, and, confused and contradictory as the Shipbrooke pedigree is at this period, there can be little hope of its positively identified; but the general fact of descent is allowed by all authorities." [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had scattered listings of the family: Mathew de Brouchton, Buckinghamshire; Houel de Broton, Shropshire; William de Broucton, Huntingdonshire; and John de Brouhton, Oxfordshire. [2]

Early History of the Brawtan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brawtan research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1506, 1549, 1612, 1634, 1602 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Brawtan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brawtan Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Brawtan are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Brawtan include Broughton, Browton and others.

Early Notables of the Brawtan family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Robert Broughton (died 1506), a landowner, soldier, and Member of Parliament for Suffolk, He was knighted at the Battle of Stoke. Hugh Broughton (1549 -1612), was an English scholar and divine, born at Owlbury, a mansion in the parish of Bishop's Castle, Shropshire. "In the immediate vicinity are two farmlands, called Upper and Lower Broughton. His ancestry was old and of large estate; he had a brother a judge. He calls himself a Cambrian, and it is probable that he had a...
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Migration of the Brawtan family

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Brawtan, or a variant listed above: Thomas Broughton, of Longden in Staffordshire, who migrated about 1630; and settled in Boston, Massachusetts. Another Thomas settled in Virginia in 1635.

The Brawtan Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Spes Vitae Melioris
Motto Translation: Hope for a better life.

  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) on Facebook
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