The name Bristough arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Bristough family lived in Gloucestershire
, where the name is derived from the Old English words byrst
and when combined mean place by the bridge.
Early Origins of the Bristough family
The surname Bristough 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Bristough family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bristough 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 Bristough History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bristough Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Bristow, Bristol, Bristoe, Bristo, Bristowe and many more.
Early Notables of the Bristough 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 Bristough Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bristough family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bristough or a variant listed above: Robert Bristow of Gloucester county in Virginia in 1660. He migrated from Hertfordshire
. Francis Bristow settled in Barbados in 1698; James Bristow settled in the Carolinas in 1724.
The Bristough 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.