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Bridger, John -- 1587 Colonist roster 


Demography by surname


Bridger, Bridgers - Colonist Surname Demography and History


In 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


This 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 and is taken from the 1891 census.  Coloration is in yellows.  These numbers are actual ranges, not comparatively less to more.


Note 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.


The third grouping is from Ireland, appropriately displayed in shades of green, taken from the 1848-1864 Primary Property Valuation records at


Instead 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.


Surnames bolded with italics are those indicated by McMillan in 1888 as each having an oral history of being descended from the Lost Colonists.



John Bridger - In 1881, 1745th most frequent surname, in 1998 2270th





English variant of Bridge.


English: 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.

















Bridgers - no statistics



Ancestry - altered form of Bridger or Bridges











Ireland - none


Analysis by Andy Powell 1-24-2010:


The 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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