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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." [1]


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. [2] By 1306, the village was known as Saunford Bret. [3] 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 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

  • Amy Britt, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Timothy Britt, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Jacob Britt, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • William Britt, who landed in America in 1740
  • Claus Britt, who arrived in New York, NY in 1782

Britt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Britt, who landed in America in 1809
  • Lawrence Britt, who landed in New Jersey in 1834
  • Michail Britt, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1853
  • Mike Britt, who landed in Arkansas in 1874

Britt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Thomas Britt, who arrived in Mississippi in 1906

Britt Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Patrick Britt, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Thos Britt, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. James Britt U.E who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783

Britt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Nancy Britt, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Preston" from Sligo

Britt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ed. Britt arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Lady Mary Pelham" in 1836
  • Charlotte Britt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846
  • Timothy Britt, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Nugget"


  • William Earl Britt (b. 1932), United States federal judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • Michael Antonio Britt (b. 1960), American former professional basketball player
  • Kenneth Lawrence "Kenny" Britt (b. 1988), American football wide receiver for the St. Louis Rams
  • Kevin Michael Britt (1944-2004), American Roman Catholic Bishop of Grand Rapids (2002-2003)
  • Jim Britt (1910-1980), American Major League Baseball sportscaster during the 1940s and 1950
  • Justin Britt (b. 1991), American football offensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks
  • George W. "Chippy" Britt, African-American baseball player in the Negro Leagues who played from 1917 to 1945
  • Charles Robin Britt (b. 1942), American former politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina (1983-1985)
  • Glenn Britt (1949-2014), American media executive, CEO and Chairman of Time Warner Cable
  • Wesley Britt (b. 1981), American NFL football offensive tackle formerly of the New England Patriots



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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

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  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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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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