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The ancient history of the Rigmaiden name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the county of Lancashire, where they held a family seat at Wedacre. The surname Rigmaiden refers to the dweller by the ridge, in this case the reference is to the female bearer of the name.

Rigmaiden Early Origins



The surname Rigmaiden was first found in Lancashire and Lincolnshire where two gentry families bore the name Rigmaiden. "I can give not better etymology for the name than 'a romping girl.' " [1]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." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Rigmaiden Spelling Variations


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Rigmaiden Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Rigmaiden include Rigmaiden, Regmaiden, Rigmaden and others.

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Rigmaiden Early History


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Rigmaiden Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rigmaiden research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rigmaiden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rigmaiden Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rigmaiden Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rigmaiden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Rigmaiden or a variant listed above:

Rigmaiden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Rigmaiden, who arrived in America in 1760-1763
  • William Rigmaiden who settled in Pennsylvania in 1761

Rigmaiden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • M. E. Rigmaiden, aged 25, who emigrated to America in 1892

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rigmaiden (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rigmaiden (post 1700)



  • Kimo Rigmaiden (b. 1973), American middleweight boxer from Houston, Texas
  • Stephen Rigmaiden, American musician from California

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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The Rigmaiden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rigmaiden Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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