Bridwell Family History

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Bridwell Name Meaning

English: habitational name from some minor place called Brid(e)well, as for example Bridwell in Uffculme, Devon, or Bridewell Springs in Westbury, Wiltshire; both are named with Old English br¯d ‘surging’ or br¯d ‘bride’ + well(a) ‘spring’ (perhaps a spring associated with a fertility cult). There may be other places so called with different derivations, for example from Old English bridd ‘nestling’, ‘young bird’ or from St. Bride (see Kilbride).

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

Similar surnames: Bidwell, Birdwell, Bradwell, Bridewell, Bardwell, Rodwell, Bramwell

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Bridwell Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bridwell. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Bridwell Family Origin

Where is the Bridwell family from?

Bridwell Family Occupations

What did your Bridwell ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Bridwell family was Mason. The most common Bridwell occupation in the UK was Charwoman. 33% of Bridwell's were Charwomans. Charwoman and General Lab were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Bridwell.

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  • Charwoman

  • General Lab

  • Mason


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Bridwell ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Bridwell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Bridwell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bridwell 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 654 immigration records available for the last name Bridwell. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Bridwell. For the veterans among your Bridwell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bridwell Life Expectancy

What is the average Bridwell lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Bridwell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Bridwell in 1944 was 27, and 71 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bridwell ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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