The Bridger Family

A Family History

The Bridgers so far

This page contains links to some members of the Bridger family.

There are also links to some of the Boomans. These are the children of Mary Bridger 1762.

Hannah Bridger 1765 is one of my 4x Great Grandmothers

John Bridger 1731 George Bridger 1757 Betty Bridger 1759
Elizabeth Bridger 1761 Mary Bridger 1762 Hannah Bridger 1765
George Bridger 1786 Elizabeth Bridger 1787 Mary Booman 1787
Elizabeth Booman 1790 Ann Booman 1792 George Bridger 1792
George Booman 1795 William Newland Bridger 1795 Ann Bridger 1797
James Bridger 1799 Arthur Bridger 1802 Thomas Booman 1803
Sarah Bridger 1804    

Bridger name meaning

This name is of English topographic origin for someone who lived by a bridge. The derivation is from the Medieval English 'brigge' itself coming from the Olde English pre 7th Century 'brycg' meaning a bridge. Toponymics formed by the addition of -er to some topographical feature i.e. a bridge, brook etc., were particularly common in Sussex in the early 14th Century. The -er meant 'dweller at'. For first recording of the surname, see below. One, Walter le Briggere appears in the 1327 'Subsidy Rolls of Somerset' and a John Bruger in the 1332 'Pipe Rolls of Surrey'. In 1582 Henry Bridger of Surrey was recorded in the Oxford University Register and in 1677 Henry Bridger and Elizabeth Budgen were married in Canterbury. In the 'modern' idiom the name is spelt Bridger or Brugger. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Walter Brigger, which was dated 1327 - 'The Subsidy Rolls of Sussex', during the reign of King Edward III, The Father of the Navy, 1327 - 1377.