name Brictewell comes from the family having resided in either of the settlements named Brightwell in Berkshire or Suffolk
, or in the place called Brightwell Baldwin in Oxfordshire.
Early Origins of the Brictewell family
The surname Brictewell 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 Brictewell family
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Brictewell Spelling Variations
Brictewell has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Brightwell, Brightwelle, Britewell, Brihtwell, Brictewell, Brichtewell, Brichwell and many more.
Early Notables of the Brictewell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brictewell family to Ireland
Some of the Brictewell family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Brictewell family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Brictewells to arrive on North American shores: John Brightwell, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1749.