The ancestors of the bearers of the Bridgwater family name are thought have lived in ancient
. They were first found at Bridgewater, a seaport in Somerset.
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Bridgwater include Bridgewater, Bridgwater, Bridgewatter and others.
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bridgwater or a variant listed above:
Bridgwater Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Elizabeth Bridgwater who arrived in New England in 1746