Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name 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.

All About the Baby 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.

Popularity

OF THE BOY 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.

Quick Facts

ON BRIDGER

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

909

PRONUNCIATION:

BRIJ-әr

SIMPLE MEANING:

Dweller by the bridge

Characteristics

OF BRIDGER

Multi-talented

Intuitive

Oneness

Idealistic

Philanthropy

Independent

Perfection

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Bridger

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME BRIDGER

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Bridger

Popular Songs

ON BRIDGER

Jim Bridger
a song by Johnny Horton

Famous People

NAMED BRIDGER

Bridger Palmer (child actor)

Children of Famous People

NAMED BRIDGER

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Bridger

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME BRIDGER

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Bridger