Show ContentsBriquedal History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Briquedal dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in Lancashire. The name is derived from the term Brigdale which meant the bridge-valley. The prefix brig often becomes brick.

The family were originally "from Briquedale, Normandy, held by Sire Robert de Piessi, t. Philip Augustus. The English family is said to take its name from Brickdale, Lancashire, but I have been unable to ascertain the existence of such a place in England. " [1]

Early Origins of the Briquedal family

The surname Briquedal was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat temp. Edward I. [2] [3]

Birkdale is a small township, in the parish of North Meols, union of Ormskirk, hundred of West Derby in Lancashire. "The manor, in the reign of Henry IV., was held by the Halsalls; and the Gerards of Bromley became possessed of the estate by purchase in the 17th century. " [4]

Early History of the Briquedal family

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Briquedal Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Briquedal have been found, including Brickdale, Birkdale and others.

Early Notables of the Briquedal family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: John Brickdale of Shrewsbury; and Clement Barksdale (1609-1687) was an English author and chaplain from Winchcombe, Gloucestershire. "He entered Merton...
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Migration of the Briquedal family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Briquedal, or a variant listed above: Thomas Brickdale who settled in Massachusetts in 1634.

The Briquedal Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fide et fortitudine
Motto Translation: By fidelity and fortitude.

  1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  4. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. on Facebook