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