The name Briffett is Anglo-Saxon
in origin. It was a name given to a person who was the Brevetour
or private clerk. This person would write brevets for his lord, as well as write down household expenses.
Early Origins of the Briffett family
The surname Briffett was first found in Cambridgeshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Briffett family
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Briffett Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Briffett include Breviter, Brevitor, Brevetur, Brevetor, Brefeter, Breftour and many more.
Early Notables of the Briffett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Briffett family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Briffett were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.