The only explanation I have found is that it was common for new arrivals from other countries to adopt a new family name that would express their loyalty to their new country, hence names such as BRITNELL, BRITWELL, BRITTEN, BRITTAIN, etc. It could also be an Anglicized form of a name from another country--Bretenahl is Germanic, I believe...I have also been searching...
Bob in Lake Charles, LA
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