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Brittain is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Brittain family lived in Devon. The name is a reference to the French province of Brettagne or Brittany, from where this family arrived in 1066.

Brittain Early Origins



The surname Brittain was first found in Devon, where they held a family seat from the 11th century. Originating in Brittany, [1]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." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Brittain Spelling Variations


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Brittain Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Brittoner, Brettoner, Brittany, Briton, Breton, Bretun, Bruton, Bretener, Bretoner, Brettner, Brittain and many more.

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Brittain Early History


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Brittain Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brittain research. Another 423 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1164, 1166, 1166, 1248, 1279, 1379, 1599, 1654, 1771, 1806, 1294, 1297, 1644, 1714 and are included under the topic Early Brittain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brittain Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brittain Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Ranulph le Breton, canon of St. Pauls in the 13th century; William Briton, a prominent theologian of the 14th century; a...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brittain Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brittain In Ireland


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Brittain In Ireland



Some of the Brittain family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Brittain or a variant listed above were:

Brittain Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Brittain, who landed in Maryland in 1661
  • Sarah Brittain, who landed in Maryland in 1663
  • Lionel Brittain, who arrived in New Jersey in 1680
  • Lyonel Brittain, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1680
  • Lionel Brittain, his wife Elizabeth and their daughter Elizabeth, who all came to New Jersey in 1680

Brittain Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles Brittain, who came to Virginia in 1720
  • Ann Brittain, a bonded immigrant who came to Virginia in 1726

Brittain Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Brittain, who arrived at the port of Philadelphia in 1800
  • Mr Brittain, aged 30, arrived in America in 1822
  • Joseph Brittain, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1828
  • Richard Brittain, aged 26, arrived in Missouri in 1844
  • C W Brittain, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brittain Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Lt. James Brittain U.E. born in New Jersey, USA who settled in Greenwich, Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1783 he served as part of the New Jersey Volunteers [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Brittain Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Stephen Brittain, English convict from Bedford, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  • William Brittain, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "British Empire"
  • William Brittain, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850
  • Sarah Brittain, aged 24, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850
  • Joseph Brittain arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brittain Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Brittain, aged 20, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Charles Brittain, aged 28, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
  • Susan Brittain, aged 26, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
  • George T. Brittain, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874
  • Bridget Brittain, aged 23, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brittain (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brittain (post 1700)



  • Paul Brittain (b. 1977), American actor and comedian, cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2010-2012
  • Marion Luther Brittain (1865-1953), American academic administrator, President of the Georgia Institute of Technology from 1922 to 1944
  • W. F. Brittain, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wyoming, 1896
  • Todd Brittain, American politician, Supervisor of Leoni Township, Michigan, 2009
  • Joseph I. Brittain (1858-1930), American Republican politician, Member of Ohio State House of Representatives, 1892-95; U.S. Consul General in Coburg, 1913-14; Auckland, 1914-15; Sydney, 1915-19; Winnipeg, 1919-24
  • John E. Brittain, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1908
  • Benjamin S. Brittain, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate from Macon County, 1832-35
  • A. R. Brittain, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1904
  • Bill Brittain (b. 1930), American author
  • Thomas Brittain (1806-1884), accomplished English naturalist
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Brittain


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Suggested Readings for the name Brittain



  • The Brittain Family in America by Virginia Thompson Britain.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823

Other References

  1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Brittain Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brittain 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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