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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."

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

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brittingham research. Another 277 words (20 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.

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Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brittingham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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

Brittingham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Mr. Beverly M. Brittingham, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • T. H. Brittingham, who emigrated to America, in 1907
  • Hannah Brittingham, aged 23, who emigrated to America, in 1907
  • F. E. Brittingham, who landed in America, in 1908
  • John C. Brittingham, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909


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  • Brigadier-General James Francis Brittingham (1894-1983), American Commanding General Artillery 3rd Army (1945-1946)
  • Alvin W. Brittingham, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Hampton, Virginia, 1929-33 (acting, 1929)
  • Jack Brittingham (b. 1958), American television show director, and host of the show “Jack Brittingham’s World of Hunting Adventure”
  • 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


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