England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Briton 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 Briton family
Devon, where they held a family seat from the 11th century. Originating in Brittany, CITATION[CLOSE]
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 Briton family
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Briton Spelling Variations
Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Briton family name include Brittoner, Brettoner, Brittany, Briton, Breton, Bretun, Bruton, Bretener, Bretoner, Brettner, Brittain and many more.
Early Notables of the Briton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Briton family to Ireland
Some of the Briton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Briton family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Briton family to immigrate North America:
Briton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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