The ancestors of the name Brichtewel date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Brichtewel family lived in either of the settlements named Brightwell in Berkshire or Suffolk
, or in the place called Brightwell Baldwin in Oxfordshire.
Early Origins of the Brichtewel family
The surname Brichtewel was first found in Oxfordshire
, where the name is associated with the village of Brightwell Baldwin. In the Domesday Book
survey of 1086 Brightwell Baldwin was recorded as lands held by William the Conqueror and the Bishop of Bayeux. During the 11th century it was the site of a mill. Robert de Brictewell was registered in Oxfordshire
in 1205. Brightwell Castle was built in 1145 by King Stephen in the village of Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, but was destroyed in 1153 by his cousin Matilda's son during a civil war. He would later become known as King Henry II.
Early History of the Brichtewel family
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Brichtewel 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 Brichtewel 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. The variations of the name Brichtewel include: Brightwell, Brightwelle, Britewell, Brihtwell, Brictewell, Brichtewell, Brichwell and many more.
Early Notables of the Brichtewel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brichtewel family to Ireland
Some of the Brichtewel family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Brichtewel family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Brichtewel or a variant listed above: John Brightwell, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1749.