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Where did the Spanish Brito family come from? What is the Spanish Brito family crest and coat of arms? When did the Brito family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Brito family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Britto, Brito and others.

First found in Castille, in northern Spain. The name most likely came to Spain from Portugal, where there are numerous places so named.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brito research. Another 509 words(36 lines of text) covering the years 1033, 1469, 1575, 1597, 1608, 1613, 1641, 1645, 1647, and 1693 are included under the topic Early Brito History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 22 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brito Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Gonzalo Brito, who is on record in Central America in 1583

Brito Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Lucia Brito, who arrived in New Orleans in 1778 in a wave of emigration from the Canary Islands

Brito Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • R. Brito, who arrived at the port of New Orleans in 1857, most likely from Cuba
  • R Brito, aged 28, landed in New Orleans, La in 1857


  • Jerry Brito, American libertarian, entrepreneur and creator/editor of liberzine.com
  • María Eugenia Brito, Chilean poet, and professor of Literature at the University of Chile
  • Max Brito (b. 1971), Ivory Coast Rugby Union player
  • Luís Miguel Brito, Portuguese footballer
  • Mr. José Joaquim Brito (d. 1912), aged 32, Portuguese Second Class passenger from Madeira, Portugal who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking


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  1. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
  2. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
  3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  8. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  9. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Brito Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brito 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.

This page was last modified on 18 July 2014 at 12:28.

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