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.
Early Origins of the Rigmaiden family
The surname Rigmaiden 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 Rigmaiden family
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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.
Early Notables of the Rigmaiden family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rigmaiden family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- 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
Contemporary Notables of the name Rigmaiden (post 1700)
- Kimo Rigmaiden (b. 1973), American middleweight boxer from Houston, Texas
- Stephen Rigmaiden, American musician from California