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Early Origins of the Bridle family

The surname Bridle was first found in Leicestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1196 when Walter Bridel was found there.

Early History of the Bridle family

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Bridle Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Brydle, Bridel, Bridle, Brydel, Bridled, Brydled and others.

Early Notables of the Bridle family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Brydall (b. 1635?), English law-writer, son of John Brydall, of Jesus College, Cambridge, and of St. Alban's Hall, Oxford, and of the Rolls, a captain...
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United States Bridle migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bridle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Fra Bridle, who arrived in Virginia in 1716 [1]
  • Mary Bridle, who landed in Virginia in 1716 [1]

Australia Bridle migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bridle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Samuel Bridle, English convict who was convicted in Southampton, Hampshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Enchantress"on 6th April 1833, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • Thomas Bridle, aged 24, a tinsmith, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "David McIvor"

New Zealand Bridle 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:

Bridle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Hannah Bridle, aged 24, a cook, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bridle (post 1700) +

  • Adam Bridle (b. 1987), South African professional wrestler better known by his ring name Angélico, former South American Light Heavyweight Champion
  • Chris Bridle, English president of the Orthodontic Technicians Association (OTA)
  • Paul Augustus Bridle (1914-1988), Canadian diplomat, Commissioner to Laos (ICSC) (1962-1964), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Turkey (1961-1962), Commissioner to Laos (ICSC) (1955-1956), Acting High Commissioner to Newfoundland (1948-1948)

  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. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th April 2022).
  3. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 12th December 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook