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Briggs History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The English surname Briggs derives from the Old Norse word "bryggja." It is the Northern English form of the word bridge.

Early Origins of the Briggs family


The surname Briggs was first found in Yorkshire, about the year 1275, at Wakefield. Within the next century it had branched into Cumberland, and even further north to Aberdeenshire in Scotland. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Hugh ate Brugge and Roger ate Brugge in Oxfordshire while the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Juliana del Bryg, Robertus atte Brig and Ricardus atte Brygg. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Between the 11th and 15th century there were numerous recordings of various members of the family name as they flourished in the north and into Scotland.

Early History of the Briggs family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Briggs research.
Another 293 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1382, 1504, 1628, 1633, 1684, 1561, 1630, 1642, 1704 and are included under the topic Early Briggs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Briggs Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Brigg, Briggs, Brigge and others.

Early Notables of the Briggs family (pre 1700)


Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Briggs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Briggs family to Ireland


Some of the Briggs family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Briggs family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Briggs Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Clement Briggs who settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1621
  • Clement Briggs, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Seth Briggs, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • James Briggs, who settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • Jo Briggs, aged 20, who arrived in New England in 1635 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Briggs Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hen Briggs, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Robert Briggs, who landed in North Carolina in 1768 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Briggs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Maria Briggs, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Abraham Briggs, who arrived in America in 1819 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Mr. Briggs, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • A Briggs, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • A C Briggs, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Briggs Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Briggs, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Thomas Briggs, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Mr. Abiel Briggs U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. John Briggs U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Briggs Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Briggs, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  • James Briggs, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • Henry Briggs, who arrived in Kangaroo Bay aboard the ship "Tam O'Shanter" in 1836 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAM O'SHANTER - 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836TamOShanter.htm
  • Johanna Briggs, who arrived in Kangaroo Bay aboard the ship "Tam O'Shanter" in 1836 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAM O'SHANTER - 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836TamOShanter.htm
  • Mary Ann Briggs, who arrived in Kangaroo Bay aboard the ship "Tam O'Shanter" in 1836 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAM O'SHANTER - 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836TamOShanter.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Briggs Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Briggs, aged 23, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Emma Briggs, aged 23, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • G Briggs, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842
  • Martha Briggs, aged 38, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Mary Briggs, aged 25, a dressmaker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arawa" in 1884
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Briggs (post 1700)


  • James Frankland Briggs (1827-1905), American politician, U.S. Representative from New Hampshire (1877-1883)
  • Frank Parks Briggs (1894-1992), American politician, United States Senator from Missouri (1945-1947)
  • Frank Obadiah Briggs (1851-1913), American politician, United States Senator from New Jersey (1907-1913)
  • Frank A. Briggs (1858-1898), American Republican politician, 5th Governor of North Dakota (1897-1898) [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2013, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Clare A. Briggs (1875-1930), early American comic strip artist, best known for his strip A. Piker Clerk created in 1904, and later his strip Danny Dreamer, a regular in the Chicago Sunday Tribune
  • Charles Frederick "C.F." Briggs (1804-1877), American journalist, author and editor
  • William John "Bill" Briggs (b. 1943), American NFL football defensive end for the Washington Redskins (1966-1967)
  • Ansel Briggs (1806-1881), American politician, the 1st Governor of Iowa, from 1846 to 1850
  • Brigadier-General Raymond Westcott Briggs (1878-1959), American Commandant St. Thomas Military Academy (1943-1947) [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Raymond Briggs. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Briggs/Raymond_Westcott/USA.html
  • Lyman James Briggs (1874-1963), American administrator, physicist, and agricultural scientist
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Briggs family



Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Thomas  Briggs, Canadian resident from Portage, New Brunswick, Canada who died in the explosion [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance

Suggested Readings for the name Briggs


  • A Harkrader-Hathaway (including the Briggs Family) history by Charles Briggs Hathaway.
  • John Briggs of Sandwich, Massachusetts and His Descendants by Edna Anne Hannibal.

The Briggs Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fortiter et Fideliter
Motto Translation: Boldly and faithfully.


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Citations


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAM O'SHANTER - 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836TamOShanter.htm
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2013, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Raymond Briggs. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Briggs/Raymond_Westcott/USA.html
  9. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance

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