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The name Britten was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Britten family lived in Essex. The name is a reference to the French province of Brettagne or Brittany. Families from this area largely consisted of the descendants of Celtic tribes who were originally forced to flee ancient Britain from the Roman Tyrant, Maximus, around 384 AD, and settled across the Channel. When the Romans left, the settlement remained, and carries the name to this day. From about 950 onwards, the Dukes of Brittany became closely related to the Dukes of Normandy, and even accompanied them at Hastings in 1066. Many of the Brettagne families who were granted land by William, Duke of Normandy had come in a complete circle, settling again on their former homeland in Powys, on the English- Welsh border.

Britten Early Origins



The surname Britten was first found in Essex where they had been granted lands by King William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The name occurred many times throughout the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273: John de Brytaygn in Cambridgeshire; Giffard le Bretun in Buckinghamshire; Hugo le Bretun in Suffolk and more. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Alicia de Britten; Elias de Britton; and Ricardus Britton. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early records of Warwickshire found the family in the hamlet of Marston. "This place, anciently called Breton's Mannour, was held by Guido Breton in the reign of Henry IV.; the manor has since gone with that of Wolstan." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Britten Spelling Variations


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Britten Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Breton, Britain, Britayne, Briton, Brittain, Brittaine, Brittan, Britten, Brittenie, Brittin, Britting, Britton, Brittone, Brettain, Bretaine, Bretayne, Brettin, Bretin, Brettan, Brettinie, Brettony, Brittany, Brettany, Britteny, Brittiny and many more.

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Britten Early History


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Britten Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Britten research. Another 375 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1164, 1273, 1273, 1296, 1275, 1545 and 1626 are included under the topic Early Britten History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Britten Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Britten Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John de Breton (died 1275), medieval Bishop of Hereford, royal justice and sheriff, generally attributed to the term "Britton," the...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Britten Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Britten In Ireland


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Britten In Ireland



Some of the Britten family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 99 words (7 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


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Britten or a variant listed above:

Britten Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Dennis Britten, aged 20, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Jo Britten, aged 18, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Richard Britten, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Richard Britten, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • Lyonell Britten, who landed in Virginia in 1655
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Britten Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Britten, who came to Philadelphia in 1750
  • Abraham Britten, who was on record in New York in 1776

Britten Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Britten, aged 36, landed in New York in 1800
  • S W Britten, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Solomon Britten, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • John Britten, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1856

Britten Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Neal Britten, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland

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Contemporary Notables of the name Britten (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Britten (post 1700)



  • Roy John Britten (1919-2012), American molecular biologist known for his discovery of repeated DNA sequences in the genomes of eukaryotic organisms
  • Helen Britten, American Primetime Emmy Award nominated set decorator, known for her work on This Is the End (2013), Scream 4 (2011) and Observe and Report (2009)
  • Tony Britten, American film composer, known for his work on RoboCop (1987), She Stoops to Conquer (2008) and In Love with Alma Cogan (2011)
  • Matthew John "Matt" Britten (b. 1985), American actor, known for Hearts Unarmored (2007), Can Openers (2009) and Evan and Gareth Are Trying to Get Laid (2009)
  • Frederick A. Britten (1871-1946), American politician, U.S. Representative from Illinois (1913-1935)
  • Bill Britten, American actor best known for his roles in Fame (1980), Husbands (1970) and Once Again (1987)
  • John R. Britten (b. 1898), American Republican politician, Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney, 1935-39; Mayor of Richmond, Indiana, 1939-44
  • Gordon W. Britten, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 4th Circuit, 1967-85; Candidate in primary for Judge, Michigan Court of Appeals 2nd District, 1974
  • Frederick Albert Britten (1871-1946), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Illinois 9th District, 1913-35; Defeated, 1934; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1936
  • Fred E. Britten, American politician, Member of Michigan Prohibition Party State Executive Committee, 1899; Michigan Prohibition Party State Chair, 1899
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Britten Historic Events


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Britten Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Joseph Britten (1889-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Cassis tutissima virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue is the safest helmet.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  11. ...

The Britten Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Britten 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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