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Origin and popularity of the name BRIDGE


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 called 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 : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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