tribes of Britain were the first to use the name of Bretinham. The name had a practical origin since it came from when its initial bearer worked as a maker of ropes or cords.
Early Origins of the Bretinham family
The surname Bretinham 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 Bretinham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bretinham 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 Bretinham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bretinham 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 Bretinham include Bradnam, Bradenham, Bradinham, Bradinam, Bradnem and others.
Early Notables of the Bretinham 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 Bretinham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bretinham 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 Bretinham or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.