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 Rigmaidend refers to the dweller by the ridge, in this case the reference is to the female bearer of the name.
Early Origins of the Rigmaidend 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 Rigmaidend family
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Rigmaidend Spelling Variations
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 Rigmaidend include Rigmaiden, Regmaiden, Rigmaden and others.
Early Notables of the Rigmaidend family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rigmaidend 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 Rigmaidend or a variant listed above: William Rigmaiden who settled in Pennsylvania in 1761.
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