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The Anglo-Saxon name Brigham comes from the family having resided in Yorkshire, where they lived in the village named Brigham. The place-name Brigham is derived from the Old English words Brycg and ham which literally mean bridge and homestead.

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The surname Brigham 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.

Brigham has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Briggam, Brigham, Brighame and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brigham research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brigham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Brighams to arrive on North American shores:

Brigham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Brigham, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1636
  • Richard Brigham, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1643-1645
  • Richard Brigham settled in the New Netherlands in 1645
  • Thomas Brigham settled in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1645

Brigham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Brigham, aged 22, arrived in Delaware in 1803
  • Eliz Brigham, aged 26, arrived in Delaware in 1803
  • Ezekl Brigham, aged 25, arrived in Delaware in 1803
  • Jane Brigham, aged 25, landed in Delaware in 1803
  • John Brigham, aged 26, landed in Delaware in 1803
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Brigham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Brigham landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Brigham landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
  • Robert Brigham arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Telegraph" in 1863
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  • David Brigham, American politician, Postmaster at Madison, Wisconsin, 1841-42
  • Dan F. Brigham, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Coventry, 1830
  • Clement H. Brigham (b. 1874), American Republican politician, Insurance agent; Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Granby, 1921-22
  • Cephas Brigham, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Coventry, 1825, 1829
  • Asa Brigham (1790-1844), American politician, Mayor of Austin, Texas, 1842-43
  • Adolphus Brigham, American politician, Supervisor of Livonia Township, Michigan, 1835
  • David Brigham, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 16th District, 2004
  • Ebenezer Brigham (1789-1861), American politician, Member of Wisconsin territorial legislature
  • Edwin L. Brigham, American politician, First Selectman of Suffield, Connecticut, 1950
  • Elbert Sidney Brigham (1877-1962), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Vermont 1st District, 1925-31; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Vermont, 1936
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  • From Whence We Came: A History of the Thomas Brigham and Related Families by Elden L. Brigham.
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    3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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