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Joanna Wasteneys (Brett)

Birthdate: (37)
Birthplace: Anvilliers, Essex, England
Death: 1335 (37)
Place of Burial: Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Bret and Mrs. John Brett
Wife of Sir William Wasteneys, Kt.
Mother of Sir Thomas Wasteneys, Kt.; John De Wasteneys; Isabella De Jortz and Stephen De Wasteneys

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About Joanna Wasteneys

  • Joanna Bret1
  • F, #24460
  • Father Sir John Bret
  • Joanna Bret married Sir William V de Wasteneys, son of Sir John de Wasteneys and Isabella Hay. Joanna Bret was born at of Norfolk, England.
  • Family Sir William V de Wasteneys d. a 1327
  • Child
    • Sir Thomas de Wasteneys+ d. c 1364
  • Citations
  • 1.[S7678] Unknown author, Wallop Family, p. 817.
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The origin of badges and emblems, are traced to the earliest times, although, Heraldry, in fact, cannot be traced later than the 12th century, or at furthest the 11th century. At first armorial bearings were probably like surnames and assumed by each warrior at his free will and pleasure, his object being to distinguish himself from others. It has long been a matter of doubt when bearing Coats of Arms first became hereditary. It is known that in the reign of Henry V (1413-1422), a proclamation was issued, prohibiting the use of heraldic ensigns to all who could not show an original and valid right, except those 'who had borne arms at Agincourt'. The College of Arms (founded in 1483) is the Royal corporation of heralds who record proved pedigrees and grant armorial bearings. The surname of BRETT was originally 'le Bret' a man of Brittany in France. The name has been in Ireland since the 12th century. Early records of the name mention Edward Brit listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. Tihellhus Brito, ibid. Alan le Bret, was documented in the year 1177 in Ireland. William le Bret, was recorded in 1256, Dublin. Ireland was one of the first countries to evolve a system of hereditary surnames: they came into being fairly generally in the 11th century, and indeed some were in use before the year 1000. When the sparse Irish population began to increase it became necessary to broaden the base of personal identification by moving from single names to a more definite nomenclature. The prefix MAC was given to the father's christian name, or O to that of a grandfather or even earlier ancestor. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. This interesting surname is of French origin, and is an ethnic name for a Breton. The Bretons were originally Celts driven from South West England to North West France in the 6th Century by invading Anglo-Saxons. Some returned with the army of William the Conqueror in the Invasion of 1066, and many of those then settled in East Anglia where the English surname Brett is now widespread. Occasionally, the name may derive from the Celtic speaking people of Strathclyde, Scotland, who were known as "Bryttas" or "Brettas" until the 13th Century. In the modern idiom the variants include: Britt, Breton, Bretton and De Brett (of Breton). Amongst the early recordings in London is the marriage of William Brett and Johanna Hayward in 1559, and in Norfolk, of Richard Brett and Elizabeth Leive on September 23rd 1552, at St. George's, Colegate, Norwich. A Coat of Arms granted to a Brett family is silver, on a blue chevron three bezants. The Crest is a silver lion's gamb erect and erased grasping a wolf's head erased proper. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Edward Brit, which was dated 1086, in the Domesday Book of Devon, during the reign of King William 1, known as "The Conqueror", 1066 - 1087. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Joanna Wasteneys's Timeline

Anvilliers, Essex, England
Age 23
Colton, Staffordshire, England
Age 25
Of, Colton, Staffordshire, England
Age 27
Of, Colton, Staffordshire, England
Age 31
Of, Colton, Staffordshire, England
Age 37
Age 37
Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom