Bridwell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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.
Early Origins of the Bridwell family
The surname Bridwell was first found in Northumberland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Bridwell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bridwell research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1323, 1379, 1500, 1609, 1613, 1613, 1678, 1612 and 1613 are included under the topic Early Bridwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bridwell Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Bridwell family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Ralph Brideoake (1613-1678), the Bishop of Chichester. He "was of lowly parentage, being, according to Wood, the son of Richard Brideoake, or Briddock, of Cheetham...
In the United States, the name Bridwell is the 10,002nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
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