John Brett

Coslany, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom

The Life of John

John Brett was born on 9 March 1721, in Coslany, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom as the son of John Brett and Mary. He married Elizabeth Grinnwade on 27 July 1737, in Norwich, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter.

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John Brett
Elizabeth Grinnwade
Marriage: 27 July 1737
John Brett
Mary Brett
John Brett
John Brett

Spouse & Children

27 July 1737
Norwich, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom


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Parents & Siblings

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World Events (4)

1801 · The Act of Union

Age 80

The Act of Union was a legislative agreement which united England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland under the name of the United Kingdom on January 1, 1801.
1808 · The British West Africa Squadron

Age 87

The British West Africa Squadron was formed in 1808 to suppress illegal slave trading on the African coastline. The British West Africa Squadron had freed approximately 150,000 people by 1865.

Age 94

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.

Name Meaning

English and French: ethnic name for a Breton, from Old French bret. The Bretons were Celtic-speakers driven from southwestern England to northwestern France in the 6th century ad by Anglo-Saxon invaders; some of them reinvaded England in the 11th century as part of the army of William the Conqueror. In France and among Normans, Bretons had a reputation for stupidity, and in some cases this name and its variants and cognate may have originated as derogatory nicknames. The English surname is most common in East Anglia, where many Bretons settled after the Conquest. In Scotland it may also have denoted a member of one of the Celticspeaking peoples of Strathclyde, who were known as Bryttas or Brettas well into the 13th century.

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • John Brett in entry for John Brett, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • John Brett, "England Marriages, 1538–1973"
  • John Brett, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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