Show ContentsBrittingham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Brittingham is derived from "Brettenham," the name of a village in Norfolk. This name is most likely made up of the elements "Breton," meaning "one from Brittany," and "ham," meaning "estate, village."

Early Origins of the Brittingham family

The surname Brittingham was first found in Clare, Suffolk. The first known bearer of the name was a Norman knight named Osbert de Bretehem, who was recorded in 1166. Another early bearer of the name was Turoldus de Breteham, who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Suffolk in 1169.

Early History of the Brittingham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brittingham research. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1198, 1299, 1477, 1640 and 1747 are included under the topic Early Brittingham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brittingham Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Brittingham, Brettenham, Brittenham and others.

Early Notables of the Brittingham family

Notable amongst the family at this time was

  • William de Brethenham (c.1299), lord of the family manors in Brettenham, and William Brittingham (b. 1640), the first known member of the Brittingham family to emigrate to America

Brittingham Ranking

In the United States, the name Brittingham is the 9,732nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Brittingham migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brittingham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Brittingham, who arrived in Maryland in 1659 [2]
Brittingham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. Beverly M. Brittingham, aged 36, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • T. H. Brittingham, who immigrated to America, in 1907
  • Hannah Brittingham, aged 23, who immigrated to America, in 1907
  • F. E. Brittingham, who landed in America, in 1908
  • John C. Brittingham, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Brittingham (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier-General James Francis Brittingham (1894-1983), American Commanding General Artillery 3rd Army (1945-1946) [3]
  • Jack Brittingham (b. 1958), American television show director, and host of the show “Jack Brittingham’s World of Hunting Adventure”
  • Alvin W. Brittingham, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Hampton, Virginia, 1929-33 (acting, 1929) [4]
  • Samuel Charles Brittingham (1860-1944), British-born, Australian architect
  • Bill Brittingham (b. 1923), Australian rules footballer
  • Geoffrey Brittingham, illustrator of children's books
  • Eric Brittingham (b. 1961), American bassist for the band Cinderella
  • Lindsay Charles Brittingham (b. 1928), Australian physician


  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?". NameCensus.com, https://namecensus.com/last-names/
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) James Brittingham. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Brittingham/James_Francis/USA.html
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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