Breynton is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in Brenton,
near Exminster in Herefordshire
. Here, the family held manor and lands in the parish.
Early Origins of the Breynton family
The surname Breynton was first found in Herefordshire
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.
Early History of the Breynton family
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Breynton Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Breynton family name include Brenton, Breynton, Brentyne and others.
Early Notables of the Breynton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Breynton family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Breynton surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Breynton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Breynton, who landed in Maryland in 1670 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Breynton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- John Breynton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1752
Contemporary Notables of the name Breynton (post 1700)
- John Breynton (1719-1799), renowned Canadian minister in Halifax, Nova Scotia