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The distinguished surname Bridge emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Flemish surnames of this type frequently are prefixed by de la or de le, which mean of the or from the. The Bridge family originally lived near a bridge. The surname is derived from the Old English word brycg, which means bridge, and was sometimes also applied as an occupational name to a bridge-keeper. The name Bridge is occasionally derived from residence in Bruges, a town in Flanders.

Bridge Early Origins



The surname Bridge was first found in Somerset where there is evidence of a family of this name from Bruges of Flemish origin. These Bruges, or Bridges settled mostly in the south west counties of Somerset, Gloucestershire and later Hereford. One of the first listings of the name was of Robert atte Brugge and William atte Brugge who resided in Gloucester during the reign of King Edward III (1327-until his death.) A few years later, Giles Bruges (Brydges) had his manor of Archer-Stoke in Gloucestershire seized during the reign of King Edward IV (1461-1470.) [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)
Another branch of the family was found at Horton in the West Riding of Yorkshire. "At a short distance from the Hall, is the seat of Francis Sharp Bridges, Esq., a descendant from a younger branch of the same family, who were zealous adherents of the royal cause in the civil war, and of whom John Sharp was severely wounded in an engagement with the parliamentarian forces." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Bridge Spelling Variations


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Bridge Spelling Variations



Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Bridge, Bridges, Briddge and others.

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Bridge Early History


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Bridge Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bridge research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1378, 1427, 1493, 1462, 1511, 1497, 1491, 1557, 1548, 1594, 1578, 1617, 1552, 1602, 1620, 1655, 1642, 1714, 1564, 1639, 1714, 1682, 1683, 1683, 1685, 1702, 1714, 1595, 1564, 1639, 1614, 1621, 1624, 1625, 1626, 1628 and 1646 are included under the topic Early Bridge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bridge Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bridge Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include Simon de Brugge, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1378; Thomas Brugge, de jure 5th Baron Chandos (1427-1493) an English peer; Giles Brugge of Cubberley, 6th Baron Chandos ( c. 1462-1511), English soldier, knighted for his actions at the Battle of Blackheath (1497); his son...

Another 170 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bridge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bridge In Ireland


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Bridge In Ireland



Some of the Bridge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 49 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Bridge or a variant listed above:

Bridge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Bridge, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1632
  • Jon Bridge, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Matthew Bridge, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1643
  • William Bridge, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1647
  • Richard Bridge, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bridge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles Bridge, who landed in Virginia in 1717
  • Ellery Bridge settled in Boston in 1763
  • Ellery Bridge settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1763
  • Elizabeth Bridge with a child, in Boston in 1766

Bridge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Bridge, who arrived in America in 1809
  • Anthony Bridge, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • James Bridge, who landed in America in 1811
  • Christopher Bridge settled in Philadelphia in 1840
  • Mr. Bridge, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bridge Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Gilbert Ridings Bridge, who landed in Alabama in 1920

Bridge Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. William Bridge U.E. who settled in Prince Edward County, Ontario 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

Bridge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Bridge, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  • James Bridge, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  • Eliza Bridge, aged 29, a cook, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Royal Charlie"
  • John Bridge, aged 36, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"

Bridge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • C. Bridge arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashmore" in 1854
  • James Bridge arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Cresswell" in 1856
  • B. Bridge arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Shepherd" in 1870
  • Charles Bridge, aged 26, a sawyer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • Mary A. Bridge, aged 27, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bridge (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bridge (post 1700)



  • Lieutenant Commander John Bridge GC, GM & Bar (1915-2006), British bomb disposal expert of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve during the Second World War, and recipient of the George Cross
  • Wayne Bridge (b. 1980), English footballer
  • Frank Bridge (1879-1941), English composer and conductor

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Bridge Historic Events


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Bridge Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Arthur T Bridge (b. 1916), English Telegraphist serving for the Royal Navy from Kingham, Oxfordshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. William Bridge, English Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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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: Je garderay
Motto Translation: I watch over.


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Citations


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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. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  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) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829

Other References

  1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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The Bridge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bridge 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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