Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in the county of Lancashire, where they held a family seat at Wedacre. The surname Rigmadane refers to the dweller by the ridge, in this case the reference is to the female bearer of the name.
Early Origins of the Rigmadane 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 Rigmadane family
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Rigmadane Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Rigmadane has undergone many spelling variations, including Rigmaiden, Regmaiden, Rigmaden and others.
Early Notables of the Rigmadane family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rigmadane family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Rigmadane were among those contributors: William Rigmaiden who settled in Pennsylvania in 1761.
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