Brothwell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Brothwell family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in the settlement of Britwell in the county of Buckinghamshire, or in the settlement of Britwell Prior, in the parish of Salome in Oxfordshire. Miles Crispin was recorded as the proprietor of the latter lands, which were then called Brutuelle, in the Domesday Book of 1086.

Early Origins of the Brothwell family

The surname Brothwell was first found in Oxfordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Brothwell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brothwell research. Another 236 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, 1500 and 1626 are included under the topic Early Brothwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brothwell Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Brothwell include Brittle, Brittell, Britwell, Brutuelle, Brittewell, Brithwell and many more.

Early Notables of the Brothwell family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Brothwell family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Brothwell or a variant listed above: Joseph Brittle who arrived in Maryland in 1774.

Contemporary Notables of the name Brothwell (post 1700)

  • J. F. Brothwell, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Fairfield, 1912 [1]
  • David Brothwell, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Roxbury, 1829-30, 1836 [1]
  • Cassella V. Brothwell, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Fairfield, 1910 [1]
  • Donald R. Brothwell FRAI (1933-2016), British archaeologist and academic, Professor of Human Palaeoecology at the Department of Archaeology, University of York in York

Citations

  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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