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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


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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
  • Christopher Bridgewater, who arrived in Maryland in 1670

Bridgewater Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Bridgewater 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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    3. 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).
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

    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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