Bridger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Bridger surname is derived from the Old English word "brycg," which means bridge. It may have been a topographic name for someone who lived near a bridge, an occupational name for a bridge keeper, or a habitational name from one of several places named Bridge throughout England.

Early Origins of the Bridger family

The surname Bridger was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat from early times.

Important Dates for the Bridger family

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Bridger Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bridge, Bridges, Briddge, Bridger, Bridgers and others.

Early Notables of the Bridger family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Bridger family to Ireland

Some of the Bridger family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bridger migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bridger Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • General Joseph Bridger who settled in Virginia in 1654 from Gloucester, Gloucestershire
  • Joseph Bridger, who landed in Maryland or Virginia in 1660 [1]
  • James Bridger, who landed in Virginia in 1666 [1]
  • Josep Bridger, who landed in Virginia in 1666 [1]
Bridger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Law Bridger, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [1]
  • Sarah Bridger, who landed in Virginia in 1711 [1]
  • William Bridger, who arrived in Virginia in 1713 [1]
  • William Bridger, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [1]
Bridger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Bridger, who arrived in New York in 1834 [1]
  • John Bridger, who arrived in Virginia in 1887 [1]

Bridger migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bridger Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Bridger, planter of Twillingate, Newfoundland in 1817 [2]
  • John Bridger, fisherman of Herring Neck in 1850 and Salt Harbour, Newfoundland in 1851 [2]
  • James Bridger, fisherman of Change Islands in 1852 and of Hall's Bay, Newfoundland in 1854 [2]

Bridger migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bridger Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Bridger (aged 22), a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aurora"

Bridger migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bridger Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Bridger, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863
  • Eliza Ann Bridger, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863
  • James F. Bridger, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863
  • Fanny R. Bridger, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863
  • Laura Bridger, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Bridger (post 1700)

  • Bobby Bridger (b. 1945), born Robert Durham, American singer and songwriter
  • Aaron Bridger (1918-2003), African American jazz pianist
  • John D. Bridger (1922-2006), American football coach and college athletics administrator
  • James Felix "Jim" Bridger (1804-1881), American mountain man, trapper, scout and guide who explored and trapped the Western United States during the decades of 1820-1850
  • Samuel Bridger (b. 1777), English professional cricketer in the late 18th century
  • Lewis Bridger (b. 1989), English motorcycle racer
  • Harry Bridger, English professional cricketer in the late 18th century
  • Deonne Bridger (b. 1972), Australian archer at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and 2004 Athens Olympic Games
  • Jay Bridger (b. 1987), British racing driver
  • Reverend John Richard Bridger (1920-1986), English cricketer
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
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