Drigham is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in Yorkshire
, where they lived in the village named Brigham. The place-name Brigham is derived from the Old English words Brycg
which literally mean bridge and homestead.
Early Origins of the Drigham family
The surname Drigham was first found in Yorkshire
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.
Early History of the Drigham family
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Drigham Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Drigham family name include Briggam, Brigham, Brighame and others.
Early Notables of the Drigham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Drigham family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Drigham surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Richard Brigham settled in the New Netherlands
in 1645; Thomas Brigham settled in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1645; John Brigham settled in Maryland in 1774.