Today's generation of the Britner family bears a name that was brought to England
by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Britner family lived in Devon
. The name is a reference to the French province of Brettagne or Brittany
, from where this family arrived in 1066.
Early Origins of the Britner family
The surname Britner was first found in Devon
, where they held a family seat
from the 11th century. Originating in Brittany
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
the name was introduced to England
in 1066 with Auvrai le Breton
being present at the Norman Conquest
in 1066 under the banner of Alain le Roux. William the Conqueror rewarded Auvrai for his service with lordships in Devon
. Later some of the family were found at Great Witchingham in Norfolk
. "The church is a handsome structure, chiefly in the later English style, with a lofty square embattled tower [holds the remains of] John Britton, Bishop of Hereford, who died in 1275." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Britner family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Britner research.Another 423 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1164, 1166, 1166, 1248, 1279, 1379, 1599, 1654, 1771, 1806, 1294, 1297, 1644, 1714 and are included under the topic Early Britner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Britner Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Britner include Brittoner, Brettoner, Brittany, Briton, Breton
, Bretun, Bruton, Bretener, Bretoner, Brettner, Brittain and many more.
Early Notables of the Britner family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Ranulph le Breton, canon of St. Pauls in the 13th century; William Briton, a prominent theologian of the 14th century; a... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Britner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Britner family to Ireland
Some of the Britner family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 87 words (6 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 Britner family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Britners to arrive on North American shores: Robart Brittin, who came to Virginia in 1618; John Brittaine, who came to Virginia in 1638; William Brittin, who was on record in Virginia in 1675; Lionel Brittain, his wife Elizabeth and their daughter Elizabeth, who all came to New Jersey in 1680.