The English surname Brig derives from the Old Norse word "bryggja." It is the Northern English form of the word bridge.
Early Origins of the Brig family
The surname Brig was first found in Yorkshire
, about the year 1275, at Wakefield. Within the next century it had branched into Cumberland
, and even further north to Aberdeenshire
. The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 listed Hugh ate Brugge and Roger ate Brugge in Oxfordshire
while the Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls of 1379 listed Juliana del Bryg, Robertus atte
Brig and Ricardus atte
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Between the 11th and 15th century there were numerous recordings of various members of the family name as they flourished in the north and into Scotland.
Early History of the Brig family
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Brig Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Brig family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brig family to Ireland
Some of the Brig family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Brig family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Clement Briggs who settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1621; Walter Briggs of Scituate, Massachusetts in 1643; Seth Briggs settled in Virginia in 1635.
The Brig 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: Fortiter et Fideliter
Motto Translation: Boldly and faithfully.