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The English surname Briggs derives from the Old Norse word "bryggja." It is the Northern English form of the word bridge.

Briggs Early Origins



The surname Briggs 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 in Scotland. 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 Brygg. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
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.

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Briggs Spelling Variations


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Briggs Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Brigg, Briggs, Brigge and others.

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Briggs Early History


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Briggs Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Briggs research. Another 293 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1382, 1504, 1628, 1633, 1684, 1561, 1630, 1642, 1704 and are included under the topic Early Briggs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Briggs Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Briggs Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Briggs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Briggs In Ireland


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Briggs In Ireland



Some of the Briggs family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Briggs Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Clement Briggs who settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1621
  • Clement Briggs, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621
  • Seth Briggs settled in Virginia in 1635
  • James Briggs settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • Jo Briggs, aged 20, arrived in New England in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Briggs Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hen Briggs, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Robert Briggs, who landed in North Carolina in 1768

Briggs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Maria Briggs, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Abraham Briggs, who arrived in America in 1819
  • Mr. Briggs, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • A Briggs, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • A C Briggs, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Briggs Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Briggs, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Thomas Briggs, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Mr. Abiel Briggs U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. John Briggs U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Briggs Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Briggs, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  • James Briggs, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • Henry Briggs arrived in Kangaroo Bay aboard the ship "Tam O'Shanter" in 1836 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAM O'SHANTER - 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836TamOShanter.htm
  • Johanna Briggs arrived in Kangaroo Bay aboard the ship "Tam O'Shanter" in 1836 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAM O'SHANTER - 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836TamOShanter.htm
  • Mary Ann Briggs arrived in Kangaroo Bay aboard the ship "Tam O'Shanter" in 1836 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAM O'SHANTER - 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836TamOShanter.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Briggs Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Briggs, aged 23, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Emma Briggs, aged 23, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • G Briggs landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842
  • Martha Briggs, aged 38, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Mary Briggs, aged 25, a dressmaker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arawa" in 1884
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Briggs (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Briggs (post 1700)



  • James Frankland Briggs (1827-1905), American politician, U.S. Representative from New Hampshire (1877-1883)
  • Frank Parks Briggs (1894-1992), American politician, United States Senator from Missouri (1945-1947)
  • Frank Obadiah Briggs (1851-1913), American politician, United States Senator from New Jersey (1907-1913)
  • Frank A. Briggs (1858-1898), American Republican politician, 5th Governor of North Dakota (1897-1898)
  • Clare A. Briggs (1875-1930), early American comic strip artist, best known for his strip A. Piker Clerk created in 1904, and later his strip Danny Dreamer, a regular in the Chicago Sunday Tribune
  • Charles Frederick "C.F." Briggs (1804-1877), American journalist, author and editor
  • William John "Bill" Briggs (b. 1943), American NFL football defensive end for the Washington Redskins (1966-1967)
  • Ansel Briggs (1806-1881), American politician, the 1st Governor of Iowa, from 1846 to 1850
  • Brigadier-General Raymond Westcott Briggs (1878-1959), American Commandant St. Thomas Military Academy (1943-1947)
  • Lyman James Briggs (1874-1963), American administrator, physicist, and agricultural scientist
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Briggs Historic Events


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Briggs Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Thomas  Briggs, Canadian resident from Portage, New Brunswick, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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Suggested Readings for the name Briggs


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Suggested Readings for the name Briggs



  • A Harkrader-Hathaway (including the Briggs Family) history by Charles Briggs Hathaway.
  • John Briggs of Sandwich, Massachusetts and His Descendants by Edna Anne Hannibal.

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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: Fortiter et Fideliter
Motto Translation: Boldly and faithfully.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAM O'SHANTER - 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836TamOShanter.htm

Other References

  1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  11. ...

The Briggs Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Briggs 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 1 December 2016 at 21:54.

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