Last name: Brittain

This interesting name does not mean anything to do with 'Britain' as in the British Isles of modern idiom, rather it is a national or ethnic name for someone from Brittany, France, a 'Breton'. In the 6th Century the Celtic speaking Bretons were driven to South West England (indeed the name Britton is frequently found around Bristol) by Anglo-Saxon invaders, and many Bretons came to England with William the Conqueror in 1066. The name can be spelt in seven different ways in the modern idiom, ranging from, Britain, Britten, Brittin and Brittain to Briton and Britney. The surname has long been established in Staffordshire; William Bryttayne married Elizabeth Cook in Betley, on November 28th 1559, and John Brittain was christened in 1589, also in Betley. In London, the christening of Edward Brittain was recorded on November 17th 1630 at St. Mary Whitechapel, Stepney. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John de Bretagne (witness), which was dated 1291 Assize Rolls, Staffordshire, during the reign of King Edward 1, 'The Hammer of the Scots', 1272-1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Catherine Melia

My mother's maiden name was Brittain and she was from Wolverhampton. So interesting to find out that my ancestors have lived in the Midlands for hundreds of years. I lived and grew up in Cannock, Staffordshire but now I have lived in France for 15 years.... a descendant has finally gone back home!

J Garner
I am simply trying to find out about my grandfather,My dad's last name isn't the same as his father's because my grandmother changed his name at birth to his step father's last name Garner.I am NOT a Garner and need help finding my grandfathers origins.The correct spelling would help.My mother is against me finding out am i am a father with 2 kids that diserve to know their origins.Any help would be appreciated.

S Brittain
I dont hate this as a last name, its spelling similarities do not seem to cause me any confusion or issues really.

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T Brittain
I love the name it is a great conversation starter

T Brittain
Yes people do tend to chop the name up in weird variations

G Brittain
People always pronounce this name as Britan or Briton. When's its Britt-ain. Like in rain. Brit-tain. Quickly spoken is Brit-tan. I actually hate the last name its cofusing to most people.