Brickman Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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Brickman Name Origin & History

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Brickman Coat of Arms Meaning

The two main devices (symbols) in the Brickman blazon are the trowel and brick axe. The two main tinctures (colors) are gules and argent.

The bold red colour on a heraldic shield is known as gules. It has a long history within heraldry, it is known that one of those who besieged the scottish castle of Carlaverock in 1300 was the French knight Euremions de la Brette who had as his arms a simple red shield.1The Siege of Carlaverock, N. Harris, Nichols & Son, London, 1828, P180. The word gules is thought to come from the Arabic gule, or “red rose” 2Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 313. Later writers associated it with the precious stone ruby and the metal iron 3Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53, perhaps because of the red glow of iron in the heat of the blacksmith’s forge.

Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 4Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 5A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.

It is important that a coat of arms be easily recognised and so everyday objects were frequently used as clearly identifiable charges – tools 6Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 69 being a common and important example of these, of which the trowel is typical. Some of these tools are rather obscure to modern eyes, who of us nowadays would recognise a hemp-break 7A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P163, let alone know what to use it for! Nevertheless, for mediaeval peasant it was a clearly identifiable symbol.

It is important that a coat of arms be easily recognised and so everyday objects were frequently used as clearly identifiable charges – tools 8Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 69 being a common and important example of these, of which the brick axe is typical. Some of these tools are rather obscure to modern eyes, who of us nowadays would recognise a hemp-break 9A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P163, let alone know what to use it for! For meaning we need not perhaps look much farther than the noble trade of construction.

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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Brickman Name

Brickman is an Anglo-Saxon name.  The name originally given to a dweller by or “keeper of the bridge” in various parts of England.  One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press.  However, before its invention even the most educated people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling.  The spelling variations of which the name Brickman has appeared include Bridgeman, Bridgman and others. More common variations are: Brickmann, Barickman, Brickeman, Brikman, Bricman, Brckman, Barrickman, Berrickman, Brickemann, Brickmann.

The surname Brickman first found in Sussex where one of the first records of the name was John Brygeman who noted in the Subsidy Rolls of that division in 1296.  The next reference of the name was John Bregman who noted in 1310 in Essex.  A few years later, John Bruggemon noted in the Premium Rolls of Warwickshire of 1332.  The same reference listed two versions of the following entry like William Breggeman and William atte Bregge.  In the Yorkshire Poll Tax records of 1379, we found Johannes Brigeman.

An examination of early immigration recordings and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Brickman arrived in North America very early like Jacob Bridgemen who settled in Virginia in 1654.  John Bridgeman settled in Virginia in 1663.  Walter Bridgeman arrived in Philadelphia in 1684.  Thomas Bridgman settled in Virginia in 1654.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) Gu. a trowel ar. handle or, and a brick axe of the second.
2) Ar. three tubs gu.

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1. The Siege of Carlaverock, N. Harris, Nichols & Son, London, 1828, P180
2. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 313
3. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
4. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
5. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
6. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 69
7. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P163
8. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 69
9. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P163