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The name Brigden is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in the township of Brogden, in Yorkshire. The place-name appears originally as Brokden, which means valley of the brook. The surname, then, meant dweller in the valley of the brook.

Brigden Early Origins



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

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Brigden Spelling Variations


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Brigden Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Brigden were recorded, including Brogden, Boroghden, Brokden, Brokeden, Brogdon, Brockden and many more.

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Brigden Early History


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Brigden Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brigden research. Another 374 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1470, 1525, 1579, 1597, 1680, 1687, 1689, 1741, and 1769 are included under the topic Early Brigden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brigden Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brigden Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Brigden family emigrate to North America:

Brigden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Brigden, who arrived in New England in 1634
  • Thomas Brigden, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1636
  • Zechariah Brigden, who landed in New England in 1657

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brigden (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brigden (post 1700)



  • Susan Brigden FRHistS, FBA (b. 1951), English historian and academic specialising in the English Renaissance and Reformation, Reader in Early Modern History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Lincoln College, awarded the Wolfson History Prize in 2013 for her book Thomas Wyatt: The Heart's Forest, Fellow of the British Academy in 2014
  • William "Bill" Brigden (1916-2005), Canadian sprint canoer in the K-2 10000 m event at the 1952 Summer Olympics
  • James Bristock "Jim" Brigden (1887-1950), Australian public servant, Secretary of the Department of Social Services (1939-1941), Secretary of the Department of Supply and Development (1939-1941), Secretary of the Department of Munitions (1940-1941)
  • Bob Brigden, Canadian politician, councillor in the Rural Municipality of Brenda in 1998
  • Scott Brigden, Canadian political candidate representing Brandon East in the 2003 Manitoba provincial election

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Motto


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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: Constans et fidelis
Motto Translation: Steady and faithful.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    The Brigden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brigden 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 17 June 2015 at 09:01.

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