Brinton Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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The origins of the Brinton name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain.  The name Brinton originally acquired from a family having lived in the village of Brinton in the division of Norfolk.  Brinton appears in the Domesday Book as belonging to the Bishop of Thetford, and having a total value of thirty pounds.  Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence.  Components of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate.  The variations of the surname Brinton include Brinton, Brinston, Brinson, Brinstone, Bryenton, Brintnell and many more. More common variations are: Brianton, Brainton, Bruinton, Burinton, Briniton, Brintton, Beriton, Byrinton, Breinton, Brintn.

The surname Brinton first appeared in Norfolk at Brinton, a church, in the hundreds of Holt.  The village dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it first noted as Bruntuna.  Literally, the place name means “estate related to a man called Bryni,” from the Old English personal name “-ing” and “tun.”

Some of the people with the name Brinton who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included Edward Brinton who settled in Virginia in 1606 before the “Mayflower”.  Thomas Brinton, who arrived in New Jersey in 1675.  Thomas Brinton, who landed in New Jersey in 1675.  William Brinton, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1684.  William Brinton, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1684. Some of the people with the surname Brintonwho arrived in the United States in the 19th century included William Brinton, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1864. Some of the indiduals with the surname Brinton who landed in Australia in the 19th century included Mary Brinton, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship “Amazon”.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (William Brinton, Esq., Brookstreet, Grosvenorsquare, London). Per pale ar. and gu. a lion salient double queued betw. three annulets counterchanged. Crest—In front of a saltire gu. a beacon sa. fired ppr.
2) Ar. a chev. betw. three martlets sa.
3) Gu. a lion ramp. ar. tail forked.
4) Gu. a lion ramp. tail forchee or (another, erm.).
5) Sa. five fusils in bend ar.

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