The name Brighame is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Yorkshire
, where they lived in the village named Brigham. The place-name Brigham is derived from the Old English words Brycg
which literally mean bridge and homestead.
Early Origins of the Brighame family
The surname Brighame 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.
Early History of the Brighame family
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Brighame Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Brighame has been spelled many different ways, including Briggam, Brigham, Brighame and others.
Early Notables of the Brighame family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brighame family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Brighames to arrive in North America: Richard Brigham settled in the New Netherlands
in 1645; Thomas Brigham settled in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1645; John Brigham settled in Maryland in 1774.