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Bridgewater is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived at Bridgewater, a seaport in Somerset.

Bridgewater Early Origins



The surname Bridgewater was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Bridgewater Spelling Variations


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Bridgewater Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bridgewater family name include Bridgewater, Bridgwater, Bridgewatter and others.

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Bridgewater Early History


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Bridgewater Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bridgewater research. Another 238 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bridgewater History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bridgewater Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bridgewater Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bridgewater Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Bridgewater surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Bridgewater Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Bridgewater, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [1]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)
  • Christopher Bridgewater, who arrived in Maryland in 1670 [1]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)

Bridgewater Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Bridgewater, who settled in Virginia in 1730

Bridgewater Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Elisha Bridgewater, aged 41, who emigrated to the United States from Dudley, in 1899

Bridgewater Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Harry Hubert Bridgewater, aged 36, who emigrated to America from Birmingham, in 1903
  • Mary C. Bridgewater, aged 48, who settled in America from Nassau, in 1903
  • Marie Bridgewater, aged 2, who landed in America from Dudley, England, in 1909
  • George W. Bridgewater, aged 23, who landed in America from Leicester, England, in 1909
  • Herbert W. Bridgewater, aged 57, who landed in America from Drighton, England, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bridgewater (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bridgewater (post 1700)



  • Pamela E. Bridgewater (b. 1947), American career diplomat, U.S. Ambassador to Ghana
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater (b. 1950), American two-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter, as well as a Tony Award winning stage actress
  • Brad Michael Bridgewater (b. 1973), American swimmer, who won the gold medal in men's 200 meter backstroke at the 1996 Olympics
  • Cecil Bridgewater (b. 1942), American jazz trumpeter
  • Ann Bridgewater (b. 1965), sometimes also known as Paak On Lei, a former Hong Kong actress
  • George Bridgewater MNZM (b. 1983), New Zealand rower
  • Bentley Bridgewater, British historian, Curator of the British Museum

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Bridgewater Historic Events


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Bridgewater Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Walter Bridgewater, British Seaman Able Bodied, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html

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Citations


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  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. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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The Bridgewater Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bridgewater 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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