"An investigation proves conclusively that the name (Burritt) was of French origin. We have shown how the French names were introduced into Wales at the time of the revocation of the edict of Nantes. Baret is recorded as one of these names. . . . These names became hereditary in the eleventh centuries. At that time the manufacture of caps became a leading oc- cupation. The work on the Cardinal's caps, the caps of clergy of lesser degrees, for physicians and students required skilled workmen; it was a distinctive trade. A picture of the barrette cap was painted on the sign board and so, in France, the makers of these caps became to be known as Barrette." The Burritt Family in America: descendants of William Burritt of Stratford, Connecticut, 1635-1940.
Not only am I French, but I come from a long line of skilled capmakers!