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Where did the English Bridwell family come from? What is the English Bridwell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bridwell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bridwell family history?

The name Bridwell is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Yorkshire, as well as Lancashire. The surname Bridwell was also found in Manchester, and in the neighboring town of Oldham, where it still thrives.

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Bridwell has been spelled many different ways, including Brideoake, Brideoke, Bridoake, Brydoake, Brydock, Brydok, Bridduck, Bridock and many more.

First found in Northumberland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bridwell research. Another 433 words(31 lines of text) covering the years 1323, 1379, 1500, 1609, 1613, 1613 and 1678 are included under the topic Early Bridwell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Bridwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Bridwells to arrive in North America:

Bridwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Bridwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1642

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  • Gene Porter Bridwell (b. 1935), seventh Director of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center from 1994 to 1996
  • Lowell K. Bridwell (1924-1986), American journalist and official with the Federal Highway Administration
  • Jim Bridwell (b. 1944), noted American rock climber and mountaineer and founder of Yosemite National Park's Search and Rescue Team
  • Norman Bridwell (b. 1928), American author and cartoonist
  • Edward Nelson Bridwell (1931-1987), American writer
  • Albert Henry Bridwell (1884-1969), American shortstop in Major League Baseball
  • Benjamin "Ben" Bridwell (b. 1978), American rock musician


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The Bridwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bridwell 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.

This page was last modified on 30 September 2014 at 10:59.

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