The name Brightwel is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the 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 Brightwel family
The surname Brightwel 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 Brightwel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brightwel research.Another 451 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1221, 1273, 1439, 1500, 1675, 1787, 1806, 1811, 1388 and 1390 are included under the topic Early Brightwel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brightwel Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Brightwel has been spelled many different ways, including Brightwell, Brightwelle, Britewell, Brihtwell, Brictewell, Brichtewell, Brichwell and many more.
Early Notables of the Brightwel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brightwel family to Ireland
Some of the Brightwel 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 Brightwel family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Brightwels to arrive in North America: John Brightwell, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1749.