name Rigmaidane comes from when the family resided in the county of Lancashire
, where they held a family seat
at Wedacre. The surname Rigmaidane refers to the dweller by the ridge,
in this case the reference is to the female bearer of the name.
Early Origins of the Rigmaidane family
The surname Rigmaidane 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 Rigmaidane family
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Rigmaidane Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Rigmaidane include Rigmaiden, Regmaiden, Rigmaden and others.
Early Notables of the Rigmaidane family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rigmaidane family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: William Rigmaiden who settled in Pennsylvania in 1761.