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In Scottish history, few names go farther back than Brydie, whose ancestors lived among the clans of the Pictish tribe. They lived in Perth and Arbroath, in Angus where the name can be found since very early times.

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The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Brydie has been spelled Bryde, Brydie, Bridie, Breeddie, Briddie, Bride and many more.

First found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brydie research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1451, 1453, 1513, and 1667 are included under the topic Early Brydie History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Brydie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Brydie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Brydie:

Brydie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Alexander Brydie, who landed in Virginia in 1790
  • Charles Brydie, who arrived in America in 1792

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The Brydie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brydie 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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