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Come research the Briggs, and variant spellings including the Bridge variant, Families. If you have some information about these families, please feel free to start up a topic or join an existing one in the Discussion forum.

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Briggs
Northern English form of Bridge, from Old Norse bryggja.

Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4

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.

Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4

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Clement Briggs d. 1649 9 Replies

Started by John Winner. Last reply by Lisa Ellis Mar 27, 2012.

Briggs 2 Replies

Started by Susan Teresa Holmes. Last reply by Lisa Ellis Mar 27, 2012.

My Briggs Connection

Started by Randall Stackhouse May 7, 2010.

 

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