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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.


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

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.


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 and printed products wherever possible.


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


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

  • 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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    Other References

    1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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    The Bridwell Family Crest was acquired from the 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 November 2015 at 13:19.

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