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Where did the English Britt family come from? What is the English Britt family crest and coat of arms? When did the Britt family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Britt family history?The name of the Britt family is derived from in Brittany. The surname Britt is based upon the Old French word Bret, nominally Brito 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." 
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.
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.  By 1306, the village was known as Saunford Bret.  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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Britt research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1677, 1587, 1674, 1640 and 1644 are included under the topic Early Britt History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 79 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Britt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Britt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first North American settlers with Britt name or one of its variants:
Britt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Britt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Britt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Britt Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Britt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Britt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Britt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Britt 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.
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