The name Britenhan is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It is a name for someone who worked as a maker of ropes or cords.
Early Origins of the Britenhan family
The surname Britenhan was first found in Norfolk
, at Bradenham, a village and civil parish that dates back to before the Domesday Book
where it was listed with the same spelling. The place name literally means "broad homestead or enclosure" derived from the Old English words "brad" + "ham". CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Bradenham is also a village and civil parish in Buckinghamshire
, near Saunderton. This village also dates back to the Domesday Book CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
where it was listed as Bradeham. Bradenham Manor is a grand red brick manor house that dates back to the 13th century when it belonged to the Earl of Warwick.
Early History of the Britenhan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Britenhan research.Another 559 words (40 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1177, 1273, 1337, 1500, 1612, 1739, 1699 and 1769 are included under the topic Early Britenhan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Britenhan Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Britenhan are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Britenhan include: Bradnam, Bradenham, Bradinham, Bradinam, Bradnem and others.
Early Notables of the Britenhan family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Suift de Bradenham, a prominent 12th century landholder in Norfolk; and Matthew Brettingham (1699- 1769), known as Matthew Brettingham... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Britenhan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Britenhan family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Britenhan or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.