Bridgford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Bridgford name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Bridgford was originally derived from a family having lived in Nottinghamshire, where they resided in two villages, East and West Bridgford.

Early Origins of the Bridgford family

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

Early History of the Bridgford family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bridgford research. Another 200 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1500, and 1673 are included under the topic Early Bridgford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bridgford 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 Bridgford include Brigford, Bridgeford, Bridgford, Brigeford, Bridgfort, Bridgefort, Bridgeforte and many more.

Early Notables of the Bridgford family (pre 1700)

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United States Bridgford 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:

Bridgford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Barbara A. Bridgford, aged 52, who immigrated to the United States from Chelmsford, U.S.A., in 1910
  • Mary Jane Bridgford, aged 59, who settled in America from Manchester, England, in 1923

New Zealand Bridgford migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bridgford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Bridgford, British settler arriving as Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Sir George Symour" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th November 1847 [1]
  • Mrs. Emily Bridgford née Honeybone, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Sir George Symour" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th November 1847 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bridgford (post 1700) +

  • Kim Bridgford (1959-2020), American award-winning poet, editor, college professor, fiction writer, and critic
  • Sharon Bridgford, American playwright, touring artist and teacher
  • Charles Haig Bridgford (1910-1993), Australian politician who represented the South Eastern Province in the Victorian Legislative Council from 1955 to 1961
  • Thomas Bridgford (1812-1878), English-born, Irish portrait artist

  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from on Facebook
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