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Dweller by the bridge
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Etymology & Historical Origin - Bridger
Bridger is the transferred use of an English surname derived from a place name. It originated from the Olde English word “brycg” and the Middle English “brigge” meaning “bridge” and was used as a surname to indicate a person who dwelled near a bridge. The first recorded spelling of the surname was rendered as “Brigger” in the 14th century in the historic southeast county of Sussex, England. The Bridger name figured prominently into American history as one of the first families of Virginia in early colonial times. The surname also carries considerable “old west” flavor in reference to Jim Bridger (1804-1881). Jim Bridger was an early pioneer of the Wild West and a true mountain man. Several places in Wyoming and Montana are named for him: Bridger Mountains, Bridger Wilderness, Bridger Trail, Fort Bridger, etc. Bridger epitomized all that was courageous and admirable of the early pioneers. Surviving the extreme conditions as he explored the Rocky Mountain range, Jim Bridger acted as a guide to fellow explorers and a mediator between Native Americans and the intruding white man. He was also the first white man to lay eyes on the Great Salt Lake and see many of the natural wonders in what is now Yellowstone National Park. He was a successful trapper and fur trader and founder of Bridger’s Pass (which is now the pathway of Interstate 80). Jim Bridger married Native-American women first from the Flathead Tribe and (after her death) a Shoshone woman; he had a total of five mixed-race children. One of the most formidable and memorable mountain men of American history, the name Bridger instantly imbues a sense of strength, vigor, courage and exploration. A true pioneering spirit, he helped “bridge” the eastern United States with the Wild West.
Popularity of the Name Bridger
As a given boy’s name Bridger only first appeared on the U.S. charts in 1999 – over 150 years since Jim Bridger made a name for himself in American history. And even still this name has had a difficult time sticking to the charts. It would seem most likely Bridger was brought to the charts by either Montanans and/or resident parents of Wyoming. These are the two states (along with Utah and Colorado) that would appreciate old Jim Bridger the most. For parents looking for original names representative of the old rugged west, then the currently underused Bridger might be a choice to consider. Bridger just sounds strong and manly, but we also like the concept of the “bridge” as a connective symbol.
Popularity of the Boy Name Bridger
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Bridger
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Bridger
Bridger We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Bridger.
Popular Songs on Bridger
Jim Bridger - a song by Johnny Horton
Children's Books on the Baby Name Bridger
Bridger (Megan Curd) - In this captivating young adult novel, Ashlyn McVean is thrown into the crosshairs of grudges her grandmother created long ago when she finds out she is one of two people able to cross between faerie realms. Never having believed in fairy tales, Ashlyn is faced with trying to understand her abilities, while navigating a new relationship with her boyfriend, Liam. As if being on a centuries old hit list and dealing with crazed pixies isn’t enough, her new abilities mean danger for Liam and everyone else she loves. Ashlyn must decide what’s more important to her—her regular life with friends and family or her life within the faerie realms. Recommended for ages 13+
Famous People Named Bridger
Famous People Named Bridger - Bridger Palmer (child actor)
Children of Famous People Named Bridger
Famous People Who Named Their Son Bridger - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Bridger.
Bridger - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Bridger - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Bridger.
Personality of the Boy Name Bridger
The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.
Variations of the Baby Name - Bridger