The history of the name Brits began when it was derived from in Brittany
. The surname Brits 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 Brits family
The surname Brits 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 Brits family
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Brits Spelling Variations
Huguenot surnames were only slightly Anglicized, and they remain to this day a distinct group of surnames in England
. Nevertheless, Huguenot surnames have been subject to numerous spelling alterations since the names emerged in France. French surnames have a variety of spelling variations
because the French language has changed drastically over the centuries. French was developed from the vernacular Latin of the Roman Empire
. It is divided into three historic and linguistic periods: Old French, which developed before the 14th century; Middle French, which was used between the 14th and 16th centuries; and Modern French, which was used after the 16th century and continues to be in use today. In all of these periods, the French language was heavily influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when the barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance
. Huguenot names have numerous variations. The name may be spelled Brett, Britt, Bret, Brit and others.
Early Notables of the Brits family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brits family to Ireland
Some of the Brits family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Brits family to the New World and Oceana
Study of Passenger and Immigration lists has revealed that among early immigrants bearing the Brits surname were: James Brett, who settled in Barbados in 1635; Isabel Brett settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630; Emma Brett settled in Virginia in 1655; Alex Brett settled in Virginia in 1638..