Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in the county of Lancashire, where they held a family seat at Wedacre. The surname Rigmaidynd refers to the dweller by the ridge, in this case the reference is to the female bearer of the name.
Early Origins of the Rigmaidynd 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 Rigmaidynd family
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Rigmaidynd Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Rigmaidynd family name include Rigmaiden, Regmaiden, Rigmaden and others.
Early Notables of the Rigmaidynd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rigmaidynd family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Rigmaidynd surname or a spelling variation of the name include : William Rigmaiden who settled in Pennsylvania in 1761.
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