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Bridgman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancestry of the name Bridgman can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a name for a dweller by or "keeper of the bridge" in various parts of England.


Early Origins of the Bridgman family


The surname Bridgman 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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
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 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. [2]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 Bridgman family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bridgman research.
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Bridgman Spelling Variations


Bridgman has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Bridgman have been found, including Bridgeman, Bridgman and others.

Early Notables of the Bridgman 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...
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Migration of the Bridgman family to Ireland


Some of the Bridgman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Bridgman family to the New World and Oceana


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bridgmans to arrive on North American shores:

Bridgman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Bridgman, who settled in Virginia in 1636
  • James Bridgman, who landed in Hartford, Connecticut in 1640 [3]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)
  • Daniell Bridgman, who landed in Virginia in 1643 [3]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)
  • Jacob Bridgman, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [3]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)
  • Thomas Bridgman, who settled in Virginia in 1654
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Bridgman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thornton Bridgman arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Thornton Bridgman, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [3]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)

Bridgman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Bridgman, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Bedford" in 1848 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DUKE OF BEDFORD 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848DukeofBedford.htm
  • George Bridgman, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Woodstock" in 1851 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WOODSTOCK 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Woodstock.htm
  • Edward Bridgman (aged 20), a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aliquis"

Bridgman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Miss Emily J. Bridgman, (b. 1876), aged 1, Cornish settler departing on 31st October 1877 aboard the ship "Hereford" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 19th January 1878 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  • Mr. J. John Bridgman, (b. 1871), aged 6, Cornish settler departing on 31st October 1877 aboard the ship "Hereford" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 19th January 1878 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  • Mr. James W. Bridgman, (b. 1874), aged 3, Cornish settler departing on 31st October 1877 aboard the ship "Hereford" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 19th January 1878 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  • Miss Jane Bridgman, (b. 1840), aged 37, Cornish settler departing on 31st October 1877 aboard the ship "Hereford" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 19th January 1878 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  • Mr. John Bridgman, (b. 1841), aged 36, Cornish farm labourer departing on 31st October 1877 aboard the ship "Hereford" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 19th January 1878 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Bridgman (post 1700)


  • Frederick Arthur Bridgman (1847-1928), American artist
  • Elijah Coleman Bridgman (1801-1861), American missionary in China
  • Percy Williams Bridgman (1882-1961), American physicist who won the 1946 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the physics of high pressures
  • Laura Dewey Bridgman (1829-1889), American blind/deaf/mute teacher
  • Sir Orlando Bridgman (1608-1674), English conveyancer and judge
  • David Bridgman (b. 1960), Australian architect from Darwin
  • Melvin John Bridgman (b. 1955), Canadian former professional NHL ice hockey centre
  • George Bridgman (1865-1943), Canadian anatomist and artist

The Bridgman 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.


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Citations


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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. ^ 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)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DUKE OF BEDFORD 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848DukeofBedford.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WOODSTOCK 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Woodstock.htm
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf


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