The surname of BRISTOU has the associated arms recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. The name was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. Many of the early names recorded in medieval documents denote noble families but many also indicate migration from the continent during, and in the wake of, the Norman invasion of 1066. There was a constant stream of merchants, workmen and others arriving in England during this time. In 1086 the Record of Great Inquisition of lands of England, their extent, value, ownership and liabilities was made by order of William The Conqueror. It is known as the Domesday Book. Early records of the name mention Brycgstowe (without surname) listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. Lia de Bristou, was documented in County Gloucestershire in the year 1191. John de Bristow was recorded in County Somerset, 1300 and Thomas Bristow of County Somerset, was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). Edward Bristow of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Francis Bristow of County Hereford, registered at Oxford University in 1582.
The names introduced into Britain by the Normans during the Invasion of 1066 were of three kinds. There were names of Norse origin which their ancestors had carried into Normandy; names of Germanic origin which the Frankish conquerors had brought across the Rhine and which had ousted the old Celtic and Latin names from France, and Biblical names and names of Latin and Greek saints. These names they retained even after the customs and language of the natives of Northern France had been adopted by them. After the Norman Conquest not only Normans, but Frenchmen and Bretons from other parts of France settled in England, and quite a few found their way north into Scotland.
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