Brit is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Brit family lived in Brittany
. The surname Brit is based upon the Old French word Bret,
the nominative case of the word Breton
which meant a Breton.
"The Domesday Book
abounds with Brito as a surname. No less than seven persons bearing it were tenants in chief in many counties." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Brit family
The surname Brit was first found in Somerset
at Samford (Sampford) Brett, a village and civil parish which dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 when it was listed simply as Sanford. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
By 1306, the village was known as Saunford Bret. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
This was the lordship of Hugo Brito, (Sir Richard le Breton
or Richard de Brito), son of Simon le Bret or Simon Brito, one of the four knights who murdered Saint Thomas Becket (Thomas à Becket) in 1170. Over in Dorset
in the parish of Holwell, another branch of the family was found. "Here stood the principal lodge of the ancient forest of Blackmore, which William de Bret and his successors held by service as the king's forester in Blackmore; the office became extinct when the district was disafforested." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Brit family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brit research.Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1677, 1587, 1674, 1640, 1644, 1309 and 1317 are included under the topic Early Brit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brit Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Brett, Britt, Bret, Brit and others.
Early Notables of the Brit family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brit family to Ireland
Some of the Brit family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 57 words (4 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 Brit family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Brit or a variant listed above:
Brit Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Brit, who landed in America in 1830 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Brit Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Brit, aged 29, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Osceola" CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OSCEOLA / ASCEOLA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Osceola-Asceola.htm