Brettitch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Brettitch has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived by a large, broad oak tree. The surname is derived from the Old English words brad, which means broad, and ac, which means oak.
Early Origins of the Brettitch family
The surname Brettitch was first found in Kent where one of the first records of the name was Geoffrey Brodhok who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. Thomas del Brodok was listed a few years later in the Assize Rolls of 1282 and later Thomas Broddock was listed in the Nonarum Inquisitiones for Essex in 1341. 
One source notes that Braddock of Broadoak is a parish, in the union of Liskeard, hundred of West, E. division of Cornwall and some of the family originated there. 
Braddock, Bradock or Broadoak is a parish in the hundred of West, Cornwall. "This parish was taxed in Doomsday under its present name; 'which, if it be single,' says Hals, 'signifies a rebel or traitor; one that betrays the trust or fidelity reposed in him by another; otherwise, if it be compounded of Brad-ock or Brod-ock, it signifies broad trees of oak.' - Saxon. " 
Early History of the Brettitch family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brettitch research. Another 84 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1643, 1623, 1680, 1660, 1679, 1656, 1719, 1656, 1719, 1695, 1755, 1672 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Brettitch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brettitch Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Brettitch have been found, including Braddock, Braddick, Braddocke and others.
Early Notables of the Brettitch family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Allen Brodrick (1623-1680), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1660 and 1679; and John Braddocke (1656-1719), an English divine from Shropshire.
John Braddocke (1656-1719), was an English divine, a native of Shropshire, and received his education at St. Catharine's Hall, Cambridge.
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Migration of the Brettitch family
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Brettitch, or a variant listed above: Nathan Braddock who settled in Virginia in 1635; Nicholas Braddon, who came to America in 1685; James Braddick, who arrived in Virginia in 1704; Henry Braddock was a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1739.
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- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
- ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print