Bridges Family Crest / Bridges Coat of Arms

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Origin Displayed: English

Where did the English bridges family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the bridges family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?

The bridges surname is derived from the Old English word “brycg,” which means bridge. It may have been a topographic name for someone who lived near a bridge, an occupational name for a bridge keeper, or a habitational name from one of several places named Bridge throughout England.

Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times, when most people were illiterate. Scribes and church officals recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronounciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Bridge, Bridges, Briddge and others.

First found in Somerset where they held a family seat from early times.

Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name bridges were John Bridge who settled in Virginia in 1654; Ellery Bridge settled in Boston Mass. in 1763; followed by Elizabeth with a child, in Boston in 1766; Christopher Bridge settled in Philadelphia in 1840.

Motto Translated: I watch over.

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Some noteworthy people of the name bridges

    * Jeff Bridges (b. 1949), American actor
    * Lloyd Bridges (1913-1998), American actor
    * Rocky Bridges (b. 1927), American baseball player
    * Edward Ettingdene Bridges (1892-1969), English civil servant, created 1st Baron Bridges Baron Bridges in 1957
    * Thomas Edward Bridges (b. 1927), English diplomat, 2nd Baron Bridges, British Ambassador to Italy (1983-1987)
    * Michael Bridges (b. 1978), English, footballer (soccer player)
    * Robert Seymour Bridges (1844-1930), English poet, Poet Laureate (1913-)