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.
Early Origins of the Briquedal family
The surname Briquedal was first found in Lancashire
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 Briquedal family
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Briquedal 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)
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Migration of the Briquedal family to the New World and Oceana
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.