Bridgwater is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived at Bridgewater, a seaport in Somerset.
Early Origins of the Bridgwater family
The surname Bridgwater was 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.
Early History of the Bridgwater family
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Bridgwater Spelling Variations
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 Bridgwater family name include Bridgewater, Bridgwater, Bridgewatter and others.
Early Notables of the Bridgwater family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bridgwater family to the New World and Oceana
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 Bridgwater surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Bridgwater Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Elizabeth Bridgwater who arrived in New England in 1746
Contemporary Notables of the name Bridgwater (post 1700)
- Peter Bridgwater (1935-2005), American first president of the San Jose Clash
- Emma Frith "Emmy" Bridgwater (1906-1999), English artist and poet associated with the Surrealist movement