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Where did the English Bridgewater family come from? What is the English Bridgewater family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bridgewater family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bridgewater family history?Bridgewater is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived at Bridgewater, a seaport in Somerset.
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bridgewater family name include Bridgewater, Bridgwater, Bridgewatter and others.
First found in Somerset where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Bridgewater surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Bridgewater Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
- Richard Bridgewater, who landed in Virginia in 1623
- Christopher Bridgewater, who arrived in Maryland in 1670
Bridgewater Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
- Robert Bridgewater settled in Virginia in 1730
Bridgewater Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
- Elisha Bridgewater, aged 41, who emigrated to the United States from Dudley, in 1899
Bridgewater Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
- Harry Hubert Bridgewater, aged 36, who emigrated to America from Birmingham, in 1903
- Mary C. Bridgewater, aged 48, who settled in America from Nassau, in 1903
- Marie Bridgewater, aged 2, who landed in America from Dudley, England, in 1909
- George W. Bridgewater, aged 23, who landed in America from Leicester, England, in 1909
- Herbert W. Bridgewater, aged 57, who landed in America from Drighton, England, in 1911
- Cecil Bridgewater (b. 1942), American jazz trumpeter
- Brad Michael Bridgewater (b. 1973), American swimmer, who won the gold medal in men's 200 meter backstroke at the 1996 Olympics
- Dee Dee Bridgewater (b. 1950), American two-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter, as well as a Tony Award winning stage actress
- Pamela E. Bridgewater (b. 1947), American career diplomat, U.S. Ambassador to Ghana
- Bentley Bridgewater, British historian, Curator of the British Museum
- George Bridgewater MNZM (b. 1983), New Zealand rower
- Ann Bridgewater (b. 1965), sometimes also known as Paak On Lei, a former Hong Kong actress
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The Bridgewater Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bridgewater Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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