The origins of the Bridgen surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name Bridgen began when someone in that family worked as a dweller by or "keeper of the bridge" in various parts of England
Early Origins of the Bridgen family
The surname Bridgen 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
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
A few years later, John Bruggemon was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
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. 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)
Early History of the Bridgen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bridgen research.Another 139 words (10 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 Bridgen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bridgen Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Bridgen has appeared include Bridgeman, Bridgman and others.
Early Notables of the Bridgen 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... Another 152 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bridgen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bridgen family to Ireland
Some of the Bridgen family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 106 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 Bridgen family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Bridgen arrived in North America very early:
Bridgen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Tho Bridgen, who arrived in New England in 1634 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)
The Bridgen 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.