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The name Britton was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Britton family lived in Devon. The name is a reference to the French province of Brettagne or Brittany, from where this family arrived in 1066.

Britton Early Origins



The surname Britton 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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Britton Spelling Variations


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Britton Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Britton have been found, including Brittoner, Brettoner, Brittany, Briton, Breton, Bretun, Bruton, Bretener, Bretoner, Brettner, Brittain and many more.

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Britton Early History


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Britton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Britton 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 Britton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Britton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Britton 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 Britton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Britton In Ireland


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Britton In Ireland



Some of the Britton 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


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Britton were among those contributors:

Britton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Tho Britton, aged 26, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Mary Britton, who arrived in Maryland in 1637
  • William, Britton Jr., aged 4, arrived in Maryland in 1637
  • Edward Britton, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • James Britton, who arrived in Woburn, Massachusetts in 1655
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Britton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter Britton, who landed in Virginia in 1704

Britton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Britton, who landed in America in 1810
  • Whiteney Britton, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • William Britton, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846
  • R S Britton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • D Britton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Britton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Britton U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1783 [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
  • Ensign Joseph Britton U.E. born in New Jersey, USA who settled in 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
  • Mr. William Britton U.E. born in New Jersey, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 he died in 1811 [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

Britton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Britton, who settled in Montreal in 1820
  • Benjamin Britton, who landed in Canada in 1841
  • Ann Jane Britton, who emigrated from Ulster to Canada in 1846

Britton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Britton, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  • William Britton, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • Mary A. Britton, aged 29, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Eliza"
  • George Britton, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Agincourt"
  • John Britton, aged 27, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Lysander"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Britton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Britton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865
  • Elizabeth Britton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Britton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Britton (post 1700)



  • Devin Britton (b. 1991), American professional tennis player
  • Nathaniel Lord Britton (1859-1934), American botanist and taxonomist
  • Elizabeth Gertrude Britton (1857-1934), American botanist, bryologist
  • Christopher "Chris" Daniel Britton (b. 1982), American right-handed Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Zachary Grant "Zach" Britton (b. 1987), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Barbara Britton (1919-1980), American film and television actress, best known as the first actress to play Laura Petrie for the pilot to be later named The Dick van Dyke Show
  • Connie Britton (b. 1967), born Constance Womack, American actress
  • Pamela Britton (1923-1974), American actress
  • John Britton (1771-1857), English antiquary, author and editor
  • Leon James Britton (b. 1982), English professional footballer
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Britton Historic Events


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Britton Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Clarence V Britton (b. 1922), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Bristol, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William S Britton, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Britton


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Suggested Readings for the name Britton



  • The Brittain Family (also the Britton Family) in America by Virginia Thompson.
  • Britton Genealogy; Early Generations from Somersetshire, England to Staten Island, New York by Elmer Garfield Van Name.

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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 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831

Other References

  1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  6. 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.
  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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The Britton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Britton 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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