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The name Bretherton is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in Lancashire, where the name is derived from the Old Norse word for brother. The name could have been derived from Bretherton, a township in the parish of Croston.

Bretherton Early Origins



The surname Bretherton was first found in Lancashire 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.

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Bretherton Spelling Variations


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Bretherton Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Bretherton are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. 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. The variations of the name Bretherton include: Bretherton, Bretherston and others.

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Bretherton Early History


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Bretherton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bretherton research. Another 214 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bretherton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bretherton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bretherton Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bretherton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bretherton Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • John Bretherton who settled in Newfoundland in 1699 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Bretherton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • W. Bretherton arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1865
  • Arthur Bretherton arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1880
  • Joseph Bretherton arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1880

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bretherton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bretherton (post 1700)



  • Harold George Bretherton (b. 1876), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Aguascalientes, 1910-24
  • David Bretherton (1924-2000), American film editor
  • Howard P Bretherton (1896-1969), American actor and film director
  • Philip Bretherton (b. 1956), English actor
  • Russell Bretherton, British civil servant and entomologist

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Bretherton Historic Events


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Bretherton Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Master Paul Bretherton, American 2nd Class passenger from Santa Monica, California, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 13
  • Mrs. Norah Annie Bretherton, (née Keating), American 2nd Class passenger from Santa Monica, California, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 13
  • Miss Elizabeth Betty Bretherton, American 2nd Class passenger from Santa Monica, California, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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The Bretherton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bretherton Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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