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Where did the English Brigham family come from? What is the English Brigham family crest and coat of arms? When did the Brigham family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Brigham family history?

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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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.

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.


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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.

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

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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
  • 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


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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  • Paul Brigham (1746-1824), American Revolutionary soldier and Democratic-Republican politician
  • Albert Perry Brigham (1855-1932), American geologist
  • Asa Brigham (1790-1844), Texan politician and businessman
  • Amariah Brigham (1798-1849), American psychiatrist
  • William Tufts Brigham (1841-1926), American botanist and ethnologist, first director of the Bernice P. Bishop Museum (1898-1918)
  • Carl Brigham (1890-1943), American professor of psychology at Princeton University


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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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  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Brigham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brigham 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.

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