The history of the Bristowe family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They 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 Bristowe family
The surname Bristowe 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 Bristowe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bristowe research.Another 263 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1538, 1581, 1662, 1706, 1698, 1701, 1797 and 1806 are included under the topic Early Bristowe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bristowe Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Bristow, Bristol, Bristoe, Bristo, Bristowe and many more.
Early Notables of the Bristowe 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 Bristowe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bristowe family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Bristowe or a variant listed above were:
Bristowe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Eliz Bristowe, aged 17, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Bristowe (post 1700)
- Thomas Lynn Bristowe (1833-1892), English stock broker and Conservative Party politician
- Samuel Boteler Bristowe QC (1822-1897), English barrister and Liberal Party politician
- William Syer "WS" Bristowe (1901-1979), English naturalist
The Bristowe 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.