Bristol Surname Origin
Gaelic and Welsh. Locality
A city in England. The name signifies "The broken chasm;" from bris, Gaelic, broken, and tull, Welsh, tol, a hole, cleft or chasm. This corresponds to the ancient name of Bristol, which was Caer Oder, i. e., "the City of the Gap" or chasm, through which the Avon finds a passage to the sea.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
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