Bridge Family History

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Bridge Name Meaning

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.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Ridge, Bridges, Prigge, Brindle, Burridge, Akridge, Riege, Wride

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Bridge Family Origin

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Bridge Family Occupations

What did your Bridge ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Bridge family was Labourer. Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bridge. The most common Bridge occupation in the UK was Farmer. 4% of Bridge's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer


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Bridge Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 173,000 census records available for the last name Bridge. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bridge census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Bridge. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 32,000 military records available for the last name Bridge. For the veterans among your Bridge ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bridge Life Expectancy

What is the average Bridge lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Bridge life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Bridge in 1941 was 53, and 76 in 2004.

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