Bristoe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Bristoe reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bristoe family lived in Gloucestershire, where the name is derived from the Old English words byrst and stow and when combined mean place by the bridge.
Early Origins of the Bristoe family
The surname Bristoe was first found in Surrey where they were anciently descended from Hamon aux Dents, Lord of Thorigny, who died in 1045. His son Hamon was at Hastings and became the Sheriff of Kent. His second son was ancestor of the Bristows through Stephen de Burstow about 1294. "Twyford Hall [in Twyford, Derbyshire] is the residence of the Bristowe family, who have been seated here from the early part of the 17th century." 
Interestingly, one of the first records of the family was found not in England, but Ireland. Ralph de Bristol (d. 1232), Bishop of Cashel, "is mentioned by William of Malmesbury as having granted fourteen days of indulgence to the Abbey of Glastonbury. He became the first treasurer of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, in 1219, and was consecrated bishop of Cashel in 1223. He died about the beginning of 1232." 
Early History of the Bristoe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bristoe research. Another 132 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1538, 1581, 1662, 1706, 1698, 1701, 1797 and 1806 are included under the topic Early Bristoe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bristoe Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bristoe family name include Bristow, Bristol, Bristoe, Bristo, Bristowe and many more.
Early Notables of the Bristoe family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Nicholas Bristow, Custodian of the Crown Jewels; Richard Bristow (1538-1581), an English Catholic controversialist and Biblical scholar; Robert Bristow...
Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bristoe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bristoe migration to the United States +
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Bristoe family to immigrate North America:
Bristoe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Laur Bristoe, who landed in Virginia in 1634 
- John Bristoe, who settled in Virginia in 1637
- Fr Bristoe, who landed in Virginia in 1637 
- John Bristoe, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 
Contemporary Notables of the name Bristoe (post 1700) +
- Bristoe Bryant (1906-1986), American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan State Senate 2nd District, 1951-52 ; Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 16th District, 1958 
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The Bristoe 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: Vigilantibus non dormientibus
Motto Translation: For the vigilant not for the sleeping.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
- ^ 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)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html