Thomas Briggs Family History – first post

The surname Briggs was registered with The Guild of One-Name Studies in 2009.This is a very common surname and I am aware that this is too large a project to attempt on my own. I will do what I can to make this project viable and to do that I am happy to have other researchers submit and share their own BRIGGS surname information.

To date I have contact with cousins in the UK plus nine other Briggs researchers. I have launched a Briggs Study drop box and inside the box is a folder for each researcher who contacts me – they enter their information and this is readily shared between us.  This includes lists of BMDs, Wills,  Probates amongst others.

Modern variations: Brig, Brigg, Briggs. 
Old variations: Brigge, Bridge, Bryggia, Brycg
Mistranscriptions: Bassett

In 1881 census of England and Wales there were, 16,261 Briggs entries and 6,070 Bridges entries – giving a combined total of more than 22,000. 

In 1911, over 24,000 Briggs listed.

My next post will be as short as this one because I have little informaiton about my  GG Grandfather Thomas Briggs a blacksmith  – he is my BRICK WALL

Briggs 1881 map cropped

Image: Surname  Atlas showing distribution of surname Briggs in UK  taken from 1881 UK census.

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