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The surname Bryden was first found in Roxburghshire, 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.

Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Bryden has been spelled Bryden, Briden, Brydin, Bridyne, Brydyne, Brydon, Bridane, Brydone and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bryden research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1400, 1600, 1527 and 1590 are included under the topic Early Bryden History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them:

Bryden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William Bryden who settled in New York City in 1823
  • John Bryden, who landed in New York in 1843
  • James Bryden, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1850
  • Thomas Beattie Bryden, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1850
  • William Bryden, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1884


Bryden Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Robt Bryden, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1783

Bryden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Henry Bryden, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • William Bryden arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840
  • Margaret Bryden arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840
  • Adam Bryden arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840
  • James Bryden arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840


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  • Major-General William Bryden (1880-1972), American President of Secretary of War's Separations Board (1944-1946)
  • Walter Bryden, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Pomfret; Elected 1920
  • Albert J. Bryden, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate 20th District, 1958
  • William L Bryden (1880-1972), American Major General, United States Army
  • Bill Bryden (b. 1942), Scottish stage director
  • William Bryden, Sheriff of the Lothians and Borders, Sheriff of the Chancellory in Scotland
  • Dave Bryden (b. 1928), former Australian rules footballer
  • John H Bryden (b. 1943), Canadian politician, journalist
  • Philip Bryden, Canadian lawyer, Dean at University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law
  • Beryl Bryden (b. 1920), English jazz vocalist


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  1. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  4. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  6. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  9. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Bryden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bryden Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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