Brentnall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Brentnall is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Brentnall family lived in Somerset in the area of Brent, from where their family name is taken. The Brentnall family was originally from Conteville, in the arrondissement of Eure in Normandy.

Early Origins of the Brentnall family

The surname Brentnall was first found in Somerset where they are conjecturally descended from Ralf de Conteville who was Lord of the manor of Brent, and an undertennant of the Abbot of Glastonbury, as shown in the Domesday Book in 1086. They were originally of Conteville in the arrondisement of Eure in Normandy.

Sir Falkes de Breauté (died 1226) also known as Fulk de Brent was loyal to both King John and later King Henry III. He played a key role in the Battle of Lincoln Fair in 1217. "At the Conquest [the parish of Luton, Bedofrdshire] was held in royal demesne; and in 1216 came into the possession of Baron Fulk de Brent, who built a strong castle there." [1]

Early History of the Brentnall family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brentnall research. Another 96 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1309, 1573, 1652, 1589, 1593, 1594, 1598, 1607, 1623, 1601 and 1671 are included under the topic Early Brentnall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brentnall Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Brent, Brente and others.

Early Notables of the Brentnall family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Nathaniel Brent (1573?-1652), warden of Merton College, Oxford, the son of Anchor Brent of Little Wolford, Warwickshire. His grandfather's name was Richard, and his great-grandfather was John Brent of Cosington, Somersetshire. "He became 'portionist,' or postmaster, of Merton College, Oxford, in 1589; proceeded B.A. on 20 June 1593; was admitted probationer fellow there in 1594, and took the degree of...
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United States Brentnall migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Brentnall or a variant listed above:

Brentnall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • David Brentnall, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1681 [2]
Brentnall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • S. E. Brentnall, aged 33, who immigrated to the United States from Bedford, in 1893
Brentnall Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Selina E. Brentnall, aged 50, who landed in America from Sutton, England, in 1909
  • Carl Lawrence Brentnall, aged 0, who immigrated to America, in 1912
  • Mary Elizabeth Brentnall, aged 64, who landed in America from Rochdale, England, in 1913
  • Thomas Brentnall, aged 66, who settled in America from Melbourne, Australia, in 1913

Australia Brentnall migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Brentnall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Brentnall (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Brentnall (1846-1935), English-born, Australian accountant and musician
  • Beverley "Bev" Anne Brentnall (b. 1936), first woman to have captained New Zealand in a Women's One Day International cricket
  • Greg Brentnall (b. 1956), Australian former rugby league footballer
  • Mr. Robert Brentnall, British sheriff, held the joint position of Sheriff of Nottingham, England from 1705 to 1706


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 21st September 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/fairlie


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