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Bretherton Coat of Arms / Bretherton Family Crest

Bretherton Coat of Arms / Bretherton Family Crest

The surname of BRETHERTON was a locational name 'of Bretherton' a township in the parish of Croston, County Lancashire. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Almost every city, town or village existing in the Middle Ages has served to name one or more families. Where a man lived was his means of identification. When a man left his birthplace or village where he had been known, and went elsewhere, people would likely refer to him by the name of his former residence or birthplace, or by the name of the land which he owned. Early records of the name mention Henry de Brethirton, 1327, listed in the Preston Guild Rolls. Edward Brethetone of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Thomas de Brethirton was documented in Preston in the year 1415. Joseph Spooner Warren and Amelia Bretherton were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1778. During the 17th century surnames were brought to Britain, North America and southern Africa by French Huguenot exiles. The Huguenots were French Protestants, and in 1572 large numbers of them were massacred in Paris on the orders of Queen Catherine de'Medici. Many of the survivors sought refuge in England and elsewhere. Although the Edict of Nantes (1598) officially guaranteed religious toleration, persecution continued, and the Edict was revoked by Louis XIV in 1685. It was then the trickle of emigration became a flood. Many migrated to England, while others joined groups of Dutch Protestants settling around the Cape of Good Hope. Others sailed across the Atlantic to establish themselves in North America. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.


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