Last name: Britton

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 several different ways in the modern idiom, ranging from, Britain, Britten, Brittan, 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 in the Assize Rolls, Staffordshire, during the reign of King Edward 1, known as '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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Hey Brittons I'm a Britton from Ohio I couldn't tell you much other then I know my family has the Irish and German roots.

im in NJ

Hey, I'm related to the Brittons through my paternal grandmother....traced it all the way back to 1430 with Ralph Britton (sp?)....trying to trace further, but this particular race of people actually came from the Vikings further back....historically speaking, that is.

Another Britton here from London father from Belfast

Another Britton here from originaly from Bromley England

Ryan Britton
I've traced my dads side to George Britton, son of Wilson and Jane Britton in the West Virginia, USA region in the early 1800's. I'm also connected to Thomas Britton, son of William and Anne Britton in the Virginia, USA region in the mid 1700's on my moms side. Has anyone else come across these family lines?

My biological grandma on my dad's side is a Britton and I heavily don't think it's English in origin because my dad looks very viking or something so I bet Britton has Viking lineage and maybe a Celtic tribal group, but his other last name in him is Henderson which is clearly Scottish I do believe and Scottish are mixed anyway - not all are fully Celtic, however I do think my dad's Henderson surname is of a high Celtic blood quantum. Therefore I think my dad's entire side are both Celts and maybe some Viking.

natalee thompson
Hi my maiden name is britton I live in australia the only thing I know is my grandfather was from wales any ideas how I can start looking?

my last name is Britton. We are in Tennessee. There are not many relatives with my last name

Patricia Britton

Our surname was a "mutation" of a Norwegian name, Brathen, and my grandfather and his uncles (not his own father, however) changed their names to sound more anglicized. That, as family lore has it, happened on the eve of WWI in Northern Wisconsin.

bruce btitton

Bruce Britton where did most Brittons immigrate from, I know my mom's side (Gorman) imigrated from Ireland and arrived in Delaware somewhere, but don't know much about my dads side any help would be appreciated

Jeremy Francis Britton
My Father Ian Charles Britton is of Welsh and Deutch descent, I would like to know the Britton Welsh origin, my Great Grand Father Frank Britton came Came from Wales to South Africa before wold war two and my grand father George Britton served in the war. So please give me info as far back as possible.Email: or facebook- Incenz Britton;Thanx