The Bretenghan family name dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. The name comes from when an early member worked as a maker of ropes or cords.
Early Origins of the Bretenghan family
The surname Bretenghan was first found in Norfolk
, at Bradenham, a village and civil parish that dates back to before the Domesday Book
where it was listed with the same spelling. The place name literally means "broad homestead or enclosure" derived from the Old English words "brad" + "ham". CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Bradenham is also a village and civil parish in Buckinghamshire
, near Saunderton. This village also dates back to the Domesday Book CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
where it was listed as Bradeham. Bradenham Manor is a grand red brick manor house that dates back to the 13th century when it belonged to the Earl of Warwick.
Early History of the Bretenghan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bretenghan research.Another 559 words (40 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1177, 1273, 1337, 1500, 1612, 1739, 1699 and 1769 are included under the topic Early Bretenghan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bretenghan Spelling Variations
Bretenghan has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Bretenghan have been found, including Bradnam, Bradenham, Bradinham, Bradinam, Bradnem and others.
Early Notables of the Bretenghan family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Suift de Bradenham, a prominent 12th century landholder in Norfolk; and Matthew Brettingham (1699- 1769), known as Matthew Brettingham... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bretenghan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bretenghan family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bretenghans to arrive on North American shores: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.