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Bridger, John -- 1587 Colonist roster
Demography by surname
Bridger, Bridgers - Colonist Surname
Demography and History
order to better understand the colonists surnames and the geographies where they
were found pre-industrial revolution, I used this National Trust surname tool at
This site has info regarding the distribution of the population by
surname for the 1881 and 1998 British census'.
The statistical information, where available, is a hard ranking by
surname. Surname information, when
available, is the genesis or origin of the surname
is the first information where the coloration in the maps is blue, green and
yellow. These maps are shaded from
lesser to greater proportionally, but this could be deceptive because a
"few" for Smith and Jones could numerically be more than the highest
level for a rare surname.
The second grouping along with the detailed surname information is from Ancestry.com and is taken from the 1891 census. Coloration is in yellows. These numbers are actual ranges, not comparatively less to more. http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/default.aspx
that Ancestry has immigration and ports of departure, so while we may not be
able to readily find families here who have tracked their lines back to England,
we may be able to determine where a family who left England from a desired area
went and track them in their destination location to current.
third grouping is from Ireland, appropriately displayed in shades of green,
taken from the 1848-1864 Primary Property Valuation records at http://www.irishtimes.com/ancestor/.
of alphabetizing the colonists, I have left them in Hakluyt order, just in case
there was some unknown order to the list. This
single name extraction is a portion of that list.
bolded with italics are those indicated by McMillan in 1888 as each having an
oral history of being descended from the Lost Colonists.
Bridger - In 1881, 1745th
most frequent surname, in 1998 2270th
variant of Bridge.
from Middle English brigge ‘bridge’, Old English brycg,
applied as a topographic name for someone who lived near a bridge, a metonymic
occupational name for a bridge keeper, or a habitational name from any of the
places named with this element, as for example Bridge in Kent or Bridge Sollers
in Herefordshire. Building and maintaining bridges was one of the three main
feudal obligations, along with bearing arms and maintaining fortifications. The
cost of building a bridge was often defrayed by charging a toll, the surname
thus being acquired by the toll gatherer.
- no statistics
- altered form of Bridger or Bridges
by Andy Powell 1-24-2010:
localization to the Sussex and Hampshire area makes this a clear candidate for
research. We should bear in mind the Red Lyon (or Lyon) a ship in the 1585 is
thought by some historians to have been of Chichester. Chichester
was founded as a Roman town, is ‘capital’ of West Sussex, the highest
density area for Bridger.
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