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English: habitational name from some minor place called
Brid(e)well, as for example Bridwell in Uffculme, Devon, or Bridewell
Springs in Westbury, Wiltshire; both are named with Old English
br¯d ‘surging’ or br¯d ‘bride’ + well(a)
‘spring’ (perhaps a spring associated with a fertility cult). There
may be other places so called with different derivations, for example
from Old English bridd ‘nestling’, ‘young bird’ or from St. Bride (see