Show ContentsBridgeford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Bridgeford comes from when the family resided in Nottinghamshire, where they resided in two villages, East and West Bridgford.

Early Origins of the Bridgeford family

The surname Bridgeford was first found in Nottinghamshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Bridgeford family

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Bridgeford Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bridgeford include Brigford, Bridgeford, Bridgford, Brigeford, Bridgfort, Bridgefort, Bridgeforte and many more.

Early Notables of the Bridgeford family (pre 1700)

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United States Bridgeford migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Bridgeford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Bridgeford who arrived in Virginia in 1663
Bridgeford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elizabeth Bridgeford in America in 1768
Bridgeford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Bridgeford, aged 37, who arrived in Rhode Island in 1812 [1]

Australia Bridgeford migration to Australia +

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

Bridgeford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Edward Bridgeford, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Osceola" [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bridgeford (post 1700) +

  • Lieutenant-General Sir William Bridgeford (1894-1971), Australian Commander in Chief Commonwealth Forces in Korea in 1950 [3]

  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. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OSCEOLA / ASCEOLA 1851. Retrieved
  3. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, August 30) William Bridgeford. Retrieved from on Facebook