Bridgehan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Bridgehan is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It is a name for someone who worked as a dweller by or "keeper of the bridge" in various parts of England.
Early Origins of the Bridgehan family
The surname Bridgehan was first found in Sussex where one of the first records of the name was John Brygeman who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of that county in 1296. The next reference of the name was John Bregman who was listed in 1310 in Essex. 
A few years later, John Bruggemon was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Warwickshire of 1332. The same reference listed two versions of the following entry: William Breggeman and William atte Bregge. In the Yorkshire Poll Tax records of 1379, we found Johannes Brigeman. 
Early History of the Bridgehan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bridgehan research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1646, 1647, 1577, 1652, 1568, 1638, 1682, 1671, 1682, 1606, 1674, 1640, 1642, 1649, 1701, 1646, 1699, 1685, 1687, 1692, 1699, 1695, 1764, 1577 and 1652 are included under the topic Early Bridgehan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bridgehan Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Bridgehan are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bridgehan include: Bridgeman, Bridgman and others.
Early Notables of the Bridgehan family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Dr. John Bridgeman (1577-1652), Bishop of Chester who purchased the manor of Great Lever from the Assheton family, re-built the Hall, and resided here during some part of the Rebellion. The Bishop's eldest son, Sir Orlando Bridgeman, chief Baron of the exchequer, and afterwards lord keeper of the great seal, was the first English-man advanced to the dignity of Baronet by Charles II. after the Restoration, by the name of Sir Orlando Bridgeman, of Great Lever.
Sir John Bridgeman (1568-1638) was Chief Justice of Chester; Henry Bridgeman, DD (died 1682), an Anglican clergyman, the Bishop of...
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Migration of the Bridgehan family to Ireland
Some of the Bridgehan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Bridgehan family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bridgehan or a variant listed above: Jacob Bridgemen who settled in Virginia in 1654; John Bridgeman settled in Virginia in 1663; Walter Bridgeman arrived in Philadelphia in 1684; Thomas Bridgman settled in Virginia in 1654.
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The Bridgehan 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: Nec Temere Nec Timide
Motto Translation: Neither rashly nor timidly.
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)