Brigham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. [1]

Early Origins of the Brigham family

The surname Brigham was first found in the East Riding of Yorkshire at Brigham, a township, in the parish of Fostonupon-Wolds, union of Driffield, wapentake of Dickering. Brigham can also be found in the West division of Cumberland where it is a parish of some size. [2]

Early History of the Brigham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brigham research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1558, 1555 and 1543 are included under the topic Early Brigham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brigham Spelling Variations

Brigham has been spelled many different ways. 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. Spelling variants included: Briggam, Brigham, Brighame and others.

Early Notables of the Brigham family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Nicholas Brigham (d. 1558), a Latin scholar and antiquarian, who gave up literature to practice in the law courts. In 1555, he built a tomb for the bones of Chaucer in Westminster Abbey. It is thought that "he was...
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United States Brigham migration to the United States +

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 [3]
  • Richard Brigham, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1643-1645 [3]
  • Richard Brigham, who settled in the New Netherlands in 1645
  • Thomas Brigham, who settled in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1645
Brigham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • David Brigham, aged 22, who arrived in Delaware in 1803 [3]
  • Eliz Brigham, aged 26, who arrived in Delaware in 1803 [3]
  • Ezekl Brigham, aged 25, who arrived in Delaware in 1803 [3]
  • Jane Brigham, aged 25, who landed in Delaware in 1803 [3]
  • John Brigham, aged 26, who landed in Delaware in 1803 [3]
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Canada Brigham migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brigham Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Louis Brigham, aged 9 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Leontine" departing 28th May 1847 from Bremen, Germany; the ship arrived on 28th July 1847 but he died on board [4]

New Zealand Brigham migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Brigham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Brigham, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Brigham, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
  • Robert Brigham, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Telegraph" in 1863

Contemporary Notables of the name Brigham (post 1700) +

  • Albert Perry Brigham (1855-1932), American geologist
  • Paul Brigham (1746-1824), American Revolutionary soldier and Democratic-Republican politician
  • William Tufts Brigham (1841-1926), American botanist and ethnologist, first director of the Bernice P. Bishop Museum (1898-1918)
  • Amariah Brigham (1798-1849), American psychiatrist
  • Asa Brigham (1790-1844), Texan politician and businessman
  • David Brigham, American politician, Postmaster at Madison, Wisconsin, 1841-42 [5]
  • Dan F. Brigham, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Coventry, 1830 [5]
  • Clement H. Brigham (b. 1874), American Republican politician, Insurance agent; Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Granby, 1921-22 [5]
  • Cephas Brigham, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Coventry, 1825, 1829 [5]
  • Asa Brigham (1790-1844), American politician, Mayor of Austin, Texas, 1842-43 [5]
  • ... (Another 32 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Brigham +

  • 4836 "From Whence We Came: A History of the Thomas Brigham and Related Families" by Elden L. Brigham.

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 66)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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