Delbridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The distinguished surname Delbridge emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Flemish surnames of this type frequently are prefixed by de la or de le, which mean of the or from the. The Delbridge family originally lived near a bridge. The surname is derived from the Old English word brycg, which means bridge, and was sometimes also applied as an occupational name to a bridge-keeper. The name Delbridge is occasionally derived from residence in Bruges, a town in Flanders.
Early Origins of the Delbridge family
The surname Delbridge was first found in Somerset where there is evidence of a family of this name from Bruges of Flemish origin. These Bruges, or Bridges settled mostly in the south west counties of Somerset, Gloucestershire and later Hereford. One of the first listings of the name was of Robert atte Brugge and William atte Brugge who resided in Gloucester during the reign of King Edward III (1327-until his death.)
A few years later, Giles Bruges (Brydges) had his manor of Archer-Stoke in Gloucestershire seized during the reign of King Edward IV (1461-1470.)  Another branch of the family was found at Horton in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
"At a short distance from the Hall, is the seat of Francis Sharp Bridges, Esq., a descendant from a younger branch of the same family, who were zealous adherents of the royal cause in the civil war, and of whom John Sharp was severely wounded in an engagement with the parliamentarian forces." 
Early History of the Delbridge family
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Delbridge Spelling Variations
Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Bridge, Bridges, Briddge and others.
Early Notables of the Delbridge family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Simon de Brugge, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1378; Thomas Brugge, de jure 5th Baron Chandos (1427-1493) an English peer; Giles Brugge of Cubberley, 6th Baron Chandos (c. 1462-1511), English soldier, knighted for his actions at the Battle of Blackheath (1497); his son, John Brydges, 1st Baron Chandos (1491-1557), an English Member of Parliament and later peer; Giles Brydges, 3rd Baron Chandos of Sudeley (c. 1548-1594), an English courtier; Elizabeth Brydges (1578-1617), Maid of Honour to Elizabeth I; William Brydges, 4th Baron Chandos (c. 1552-1602), an English peer and politician, Lord Lieutenant of...
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Migration of the Delbridge family to Ireland
Some of the Delbridge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Delbridge migration to the United States +
Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Delbridge or a variant listed above:
Delbridge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Delbridge, who landed in New York in 1843 
- Mr. Henry Delbridge, (b. 1870), aged 21, Cornish miner departing from Liverpool aboard the ship "City of Chicago" arriving in Michigan, USA on 4 May 1891 
- Mr. R. Delbridge, (b. 1874), aged 19, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "Arizona" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 17th March 1893 en route to Michigan, USA 
Delbridge migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Delbridge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Elizabeth Delbridge, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 
- James Delbridge, aged 17, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 
- Margaret Delbridge, aged 42, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 
- Anthony Delbridge, aged 14, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 
- Mary Jane Delbridge, aged 12, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 
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Contemporary Notables of the name Delbridge (post 1700) +
- Carelton "C.J." Delbridge (1898-1993), American philanthropist, eponym of the Delbridge Museum of Natural History, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
- Harrison Andrew Delbridge (b. 1992), Australian soccer player currently playing for Portland Timbers 2 in the USL
- Graham Richard Delbridge (1917-1980), Australian prelate, 6th Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Gippsland (1974 to 1980)
Historic Events for the Delbridge family +
- Mr. Leslie Delbridge, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking 
- Mr. Herbert J. Delbridge (b. 1891), Welsh coal miner from Senghenydd, Caerphilly, Wales who was working at the Senghenydd colliery when there was an explosion on the 14th October 1913; he died
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The Delbridge 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: Je garderay
Motto Translation: I watch over.
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, 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)
- ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to New York 1820 - 1891 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_new_york_1820_1891.pdf
- ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABOUKIR 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Aboukir.htm
- ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html