The ancestors of the Brigman surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they 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 Brigman family
The surname Brigman 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 Brigman family
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Brigman Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Brigman include Briggam, Brigham, Brighame and others.
Early Notables of the Brigman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brigman family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Richard Brigham settled in the New Netherlands
in 1645; Thomas Brigham settled in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1645; John Brigham settled in Maryland in 1774.