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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, the nominative case of the word Breton which meant a Breton.

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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 Essex where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Tihel Brito was the first noble to settle. The Domesday Book, [1] compiled about 1086, records him with manors in both Essex and Norfolk, and one in Somerset.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Britt research. Another 121 words(9 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.

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Another 79 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Britt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Britt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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"

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  • Captain Maurice Lee Britt (1919-1995), American professional football player, World War II hero received the Medal of Honor in 1943, and Republican politician from Arkansas
  • Brian A. Britt, American music professor and director of The Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band
  • Charles Robin Britt (b. 1942), American former politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina (1983-1985)
  • Wesley Britt (b. 1981), American NFL football offensive tackle formerly of the New England Patriots
  • Glenn Britt (1949-2014), American media executive, CEO and Chairman of Time Warner Cable
  • George W. "Chippy" Britt, African-American baseball player in the Negro Leagues who played from 1917 to 1945
  • Justin Britt (b. 1991), American football offensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks
  • Jim Britt (1910-1980), American Major League Baseball sportscaster during the 1940s and 1950
  • Kevin Michael Britt (1944-2004), American Roman Catholic Bishop of Grand Rapids (2002-2003)
  • Kenneth Lawrence "Kenny" Britt (b. 1988), American football wide receiver for the St. Louis Rams

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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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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