The name ‘Bridges’ originates from England. It is derived from the topographic name for someone who lived near a bridge or metonymic occupational name for a bridge keeper, from the Middle English word ‘brigge’, and Old English word ‘brycg’ meaning bridge, a cognate with the Middle High German word ‘brucke’, and Old High German word ‘brucca’. Building and maintaining bridges was one of the three main feudal obligations, along with bearing arms and maintaining fortifications. In some cases the name deonted someone from the Flemish city of ‘Bruges’ (Brugge), meaning ‘bridges’, which had extensive trading links with England in the Middle Ages. ‘Bridge(n)s’, ‘Brigg(s)’, Low German: ‘Bru(ge)’. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Bridges’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as Edward IV, era were a ‘Giles Bruges’, of the manor of Archer-Stoke, Gloucester, England, is recorded as being seised. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definately determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one… Coat of arms: Or, an inescutcheon azure charged with three water-bougets of the same field all within a boud…
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