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One Name Study

The Britton Name Study is being used for BRITTON and all variants, including, BRITTAIN, BRITTAINE, BRITTEN etc.

This is the Britton One Name Study Project page designed to alert Wikitree members of the surname project for Britton and all variants and its variants. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

The Britton One Name Study Page is for recording useful research information. Please add to this page any useful research links that might help others.

Individual profiles should be linked to Britton Name Study Category. Please add profiles, or subcategories to that category, NOT this free space page.

The Britton 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'.

Read more: BRITTON Surname.

Info provided by Keith Britton, 15 Dec 2018:

The Britton* (*= and variants) name originates in written form (as presumably phonetic translation) in Greek from about 2350 years back, courtesy of Pytheas of Marseille, who circumnavigated Great Britain and reached polar ice. Inhabitants were then "Pretani" from p-Celtic, onomastically shifting to Bretagne in Gaul, Britains and Prydains as British and Welsh, Britos, Britones and Brittones from Roman usage temp their first invasion and later. There was probably no Britton* surname though for another 1100 years or so.
The Romans did have a surname equivalent, given and family name like our structure, but the "sur" bit is Norman reflecting an addition. That's well seen in an early Lord of Belvoir. Two great lords with identical names was confusing, so one was sur-named "Brito" and the other "Pinzerna" as the king's butler. The scribes wrote in Latin, so followed Roman usage. Brito could thus mean Brythonic ancestry, but Welsh would fit better for the time, "of the British resident branch of a divided family", or "of a Breton line". That dates to around 1100, and it's unclear whether for lesser sons or family men-at-arms, but by early 1200s, it had become a name for knights.

Project Members and Key Tasks

Right now this project just has one member, Veronica Williams.

Here are some of the tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them and could use your help.

  • My interest is in Fermanagh, Ireland and this is my main focus area;
  • It would also be useful to add other 'Britton' profiles to the relevant county, or lower level place name category according to the ONS project category structure;
  • Add categories to each of your profiles with the Britton or variant name. Please add categories at least to the country of birth, if the place of residence or death differs, additional categories to these countries should also be added. See the category page below for more info.

Will you join me? Please post a comment here on this page, in G2G using the project tag, or send me a private message. Thanks!

Useful Pages

Please refer to our free space page where you can add useful sources for the project!


Anyone who has DNA tested should join these projects at Family Tree DNA.

More details regarding our Brittons in Ireland DNA Project can be accessed on our Wikitree Support page here.

These project categories may also be of interest.


All profiles should be added to the lowest location level possible on the main category page. Feel free to add multiple locations if the person was born, married or died in different places!

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Hi I am adding my Britton family to name study.



posted by Billie (Bright) Keaffaber
edited by Billie (Bright) Keaffaber
Link to Bailey-Britton history and genealogy. Bailey, T. H. (Thomas H.), 1887- .PDF can be downloaded (with a partner login)


posted by Janice Sutherland

Categories: Britton Name Study