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The ancestry of the name Brightwell dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in either of the settlements named Brightwell in Berkshire or Suffolk
, or in the place called Brightwell Baldwin in Oxfordshire.
The surname Brightwell 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.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Brightwell have been found, including Brightwell, Brightwelle, Britewell, Brihtwell, Brictewell, Brichtewell, Brichwell and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brightwell 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 Brightwell History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brightwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the Brightwell 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
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Brightwell, or a variant listed above:
Brightwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Charles Brightwell, who landed in Virginia in 1660
- Richard Brightwell, who landed in Maryland in 1663
Brightwell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Roynold Brightwell, who landed in Virginia in 1705
Brightwell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Constance Brightwell, aged 9, who emigrated to the United States from Colchester, England, in 1912
- Emma Brightwell, aged 34, who settled in America from Colchester, England, in 1912
- Evaline Brightwell, aged 7, who emigrated to the United States from Colchester, England, in 1912
- George Brightwell, aged 37, who landed in America from Colchester, England, in 1912
- Kate Brightwell, aged 44, who emigrated to America from Plymouth, England, in 1922
Brightwell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- John Brightwell, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1749
- Bendict Brightwell, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- John Brightwell, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Margt Brightwell, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Mary Brightwell, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
Brightwell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Thomas Brightwell landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
- Emily Brightwell (b. 1948), American pseudonym of Cheryl Arguile, an American writer
- Theodore Brightwell, American politician, Member of Mississippi Territorial House of Representatives, 1809
- H. P. Brightwell, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1920
- Elza M. Brightwell, American Democrat politician, Chair of Knox County Democratic Party, 1949
- Charles O. Brightwell, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 2nd District, 1972
- Juanita Brightwell, American educator
- Cecilia Lucy Brightwell (1811-1875), prominent English author and artist
- Robert "Robbie" Ian Brightwell MBE (b. 1939), India-born, English former Olympic track and field athlete
- Stuart Brightwell (b. 1979), English football midfielder
- Ian Robert Brightwell (b. 1968), English former footballer
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- Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
- Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
- Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
The Brightwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brightwell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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