Last name: Bruton

This interesting and unusual name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational surname deriving from the place called 'Bruton' in Somerset. The place is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as 'Briwetone', and means 'the settlement on the River Brue', derived from an ancient British (pre-Roman) river name which is related to the Celtic (Welsh) river name 'bryw', meaning brisk, rigorous, with the Old English pre 7th Century 'tun', settlement, enclosure. Locational surnames were mostly acquired by those former inhabitants of a place who had moved to another area, and were thereafter best identified by the name of their birthplace. The Register of the University of Oxford for 1616 records one William Bruton, of Devonshire, and the marriage of John Bruton and mary Buckinghame was recorded at St. Giles, Cripplegate, London. on June 18th 1648. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William de Briweton (witness), which was dated 1271, The Somerset Assize Court Records, during the reign of King Henry 111, 'The Frenchman', 1216-1272. 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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mark bruton
i'm a bruton living in oxfordshire, has anyone got anymore info on the 'bruton' name?

Peter Fox
My grandmother was Cathy Bruton. Her grandparents were wealthy. Robert Bruton snr arrived in Australia mid 1800's from London arriving at Gosford NSW. They had owned a lot of property in Bruton Street close to Buckingham Palace so were quite financial, using some of that wealth to purchase a big wheat farm near Molong NSW. As the family enlarged the inheritance became less to each generation. (I got none) My grandmother's father was Robert Bruton jnr & married his first cousin who was an Irish Catholic before buying a sizable dairy farm at Comboyne near Taree NSW. (Which is still in the Bruton family) They had 4 boys & 2 girls (Incl my grandmother) The eldest two boys Clement & John (Jack) enlisted in WW1 where Clem was killed on 30/3/18 near Villiers Bretonneau. Jack returned to Australia with his lungs damaged from mustard gas. Most of the family, including those with the Bruton surname are now scattered up and down the NSW north coast & southern Queensland. Hope this helps

David Heath Bruton

hi , im a Bruton living in tx USA , anyone have any interesting info on preneworld ansesters?

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