× Home
×

Family Crest and History Search
House of Names
FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright © 2000 - 2016


The name Bretton has a long French heritage that first began in northwestern region of Brittany. The name is derived from when the family lived in the province of Brittany, known to the French as Bretagne. Dwellers in this province were referred to as Bretons.

Bretton Early Origins



The surname Bretton was first found in Brittany, where the family has held a family seat since ancient times.

Close

Bretton Spelling Variations


Expand

Bretton Spelling Variations



Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Bretton, including Breton, Bretone, Bretton, Breto, Bretto, Bret, Bretau, Breteau, Brettau, Bretteau, Bretaux, Brettaux, Lebreton, Lebreteau, Lebreto and many more.

Close

Bretton Early History


Expand

Bretton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bretton research. Another 619 words (44 lines of text) covering the year 1700 is included under the topic Early Bretton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Close

Bretton Early Notables (pre 1700)


Expand

Bretton Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bretton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Close

The Great Migration


Expand

The Great Migration



In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebe c. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Bretton has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Bretton were

Bretton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Bretton, who landed in Maryland in 1637
  • Temperance Bretton, who arrived in Maryland in 1649
  • Seayone Bretton, who arrived in Maryland in 1654
  • George Bretton, who landed in Maryland in 1657
  • Stephen Bretton, who landed in Maryland in 1661
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bretton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Bretton, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1828

Close

Contemporary Notables of the name Bretton (post 1700)


Expand

Contemporary Notables of the name Bretton (post 1700)



  • Henry L. Bretton, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Washtenaw County 1st District, 1962
  • Raphael Bretton (b. 1920), French Academy Award winning set decorator for Hello Dolly! (1969)
  • Sally Bretton (b. 1980), English actress

Close

Bretton Family Crest Products


Expand

Bretton Family Crest Products




Close

See Also


Expand

See Also




Close

Citations


Expand

Citations



    Other References

    1. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    4. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    5. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    11. ...

    The Bretton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bretton 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.

    This page was last modified on 25 November 2015 at 10:11.

    Sign Up

      


    FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
    House of Names on Facebook
    Follow Houseofnames on Twitter
    Houseofnames on Pinterest