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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.

Brigham Early Origins



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.

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Brigham Spelling Variations


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Brigham Spelling Variations



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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Brigham Early History


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Brigham Early History



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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Brigham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brigham Early Notables (pre 1700)



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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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Contemporary Notables of the name Brigham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brigham (post 1700)



  • 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
  • ... (Another 32 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Brigham


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Suggested Readings for the name Brigham



  • From Whence We Came: A History of the Thomas Brigham and Related Families by Elden L. Brigham.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    7. 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).
    8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    10. 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.
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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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