The ancient roots of the Rigmadand family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Rigmadand comes from when the family lived in the county of Lancashire
, where they held a family seat
at Wedacre. The surname Rigmadand refers to the dweller by the ridge,
in this case the reference is to the female bearer of the name.
Early Origins of the Rigmadand family
The surname Rigmadand was first found in Lancashire
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 Rigmadand family
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Rigmadand Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Rigmadand has appeared include Rigmaiden, Regmaiden, Rigmaden and others.
Early Notables of the Rigmadand family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rigmadand family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Rigmadand arrived in North America very early: William Rigmaiden who settled in Pennsylvania in 1761.