The Briggam name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in Yorkshire
, where they lived in the village named Brigham. The place-name Brigham is derived from the Old English words Brycg
which literally mean bridge and homestead.
Early Origins of the Briggam family
The surname Briggam was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Briggam family
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Briggam Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Briggam has undergone many spelling variations
, including Briggam, Brigham, Brighame and others.
Early Notables of the Briggam family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Briggam family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Briggam were among those contributors: Richard Brigham settled in the New Netherlands
in 1645; Thomas Brigham settled in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1645; John Brigham settled in Maryland in 1774.