Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the county of Lancashire, where they held a family seat at Wedacre. The surname Regmaidan refers to the dweller by the ridge, in this case the reference is to the female bearer of the name.
Early Origins of the Regmaidan family
Lancashire and Lincolnshire where two gentry families bore the name Rigmaiden. "I can give not better etymology for the name than 'a romping girl.' " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. Nether Wyersdale in Lancashire was an ancient family seat. "Wyersdale was part of the possessions of the Lancasters: in the reign of Philip and Mary, John Rigmayden held the manor; and in 1605 it was held by the Gerards, of Bromley." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Regmaidan family
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Regmaidan Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Regmaidan have been found, including Rigmaiden, Regmaiden, Rigmaden and others.
Early Notables of the Regmaidan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Regmaidan family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Regmaidan, or a variant listed above: William Rigmaiden who settled in Pennsylvania in 1761.
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