The ancestors of the bearers of the Iretun family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in Ireton
which was known as the village of the Irish.
Early Origins of the Iretun family
The surname Iretun was first found in Derbyshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Iretun family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Iretun research.Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1559, 1531, 1685, 1769, 1720, 1610, 1651, 1615, 1689 and 1658 are included under the topic Early Iretun History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Iretun 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 Iretun include Ireton, Ireson and others.
Early Notables of the Iretun family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Richard Ireton, High Sheriff
in 1531; Nathaniel Ireson (1685-1769), an English potter, architect and mason best known for his work around Wincanton in Somerset; Nathaniel Ireson, English churchwarden of the Church of Saint Peter, Stourton, Wiltshire... Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Iretun Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Iretun 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 Iretun or a variant listed above: Edward and Elizabeth Ireson who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635; Peter Ireton, a servant sent to the "foreign plantations" from Bristol in 1658.
The Iretun Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fay ce que doy, advienne que pourra
Motto Translation: Do what you must, come what may.