Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived in the county of Lancashire, where they held a family seat at Wedacre. The surname Rigmaident refers to the dweller by the ridge, in this case the reference is to the female bearer of the name.
Early Origins of the Rigmaident 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 Rigmaident family
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Rigmaident Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Rigmaident has been recorded under many different variations, including Rigmaiden, Regmaiden, Rigmaden and others.
Early Notables of the Rigmaident family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rigmaident family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Rigmaident or a variant listed above: William Rigmaiden who settled in Pennsylvania in 1761.
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