The ancestors of the bearers of the Brownthwaite family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found at Brunthwaite, in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
in the parish of Kildwick, near Skipton. Originally the name may have been Brunthwaite or Bownthwaite.
Early Origins of the Brownthwaite family
The surname Brownthwaite was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
at Brunthwaite in the parish of Kildwick, near Skipton in Yorkshire
. The name may originally have been Brunthwaite or Bownthwaite.
Early History of the Brownthwaite family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brownthwaite research.Another 299 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1332, 1379, 1523, 1594, 1615, 1770 and 1620 are included under the topic Early Brownthwaite History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brownthwaite 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 Brownthwaite include Branthwaite, Branthwayte, Brandthwaite, Branthwhite, Brownthwaite, Braunthwaite, Brinthwaite, Branthwate, Branwhite, Branwite and many more.
Early Notables of the Brownthwaite family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brownthwaite family to the New World and Oceana
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 Brownthwaite or a variant listed above: William Brainthwaite who settled in Maryland in 1775; Susan Braithwaite with her husband Francis arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with four children in 1822.