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Where did the Scottish Bryden family come from? What is the Scottish Bryden family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bryden family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bryden family history?


Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Bryden has been spelled Bryden, Briden, Brydin, Bridyne, Brydyne, Brydon, Bridane, Brydone and many more.

First found in Roxburghshire, 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bryden research. Another 191 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1400, 1600, 1527 and 1590 are included under the topic Early Bryden History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Bryden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them:

Bryden Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • William Bryden who settled in New York City in 1823
  • John Bryden, who landed in New York in 1843
  • James Bryden, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1850
  • Thomas Beattie Bryden, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1850
  • William Bryden, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1884


  • William L Bryden (1880-1972), American Major General, United States Army
  • Major-General William Bryden (1880-1972), American President of Secretary of War's Separations Board (1944-1946)
  • Bill Bryden (b. 1942), Scottish stage director
  • Philip Bryden, Canadian lawyer, Dean at University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law
  • John H Bryden (b. 1943), Canadian politician, journalist
  • Dave Bryden (b. 1928), former Australian rules footballer
  • William Bryden, Sheriff of the Lothians and Borders, Sheriff of the Chancellory in Scotland
  • Beryl Bryden (b. 1920), English jazz vocalist


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  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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The Bryden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bryden 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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