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Where did the Scottish Beggs family come from? What is the Scottish Beggs family crest and coat of arms? When did the Beggs family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Beggs family history?

To the ancient Scottish name Beggs was a nickname for a person who was small of stature or little deriving from the Gaelic word beag.

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The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Beggs has been spelled Begg, Beg, Begge, Beggs and others.

First found in Inverness-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Nis) divided between the present day Scottish Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles, and consisting of a large northern mainland area and various island areas off the west coast, the shire was anciently both a Pictish and Norwegian stronghold, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beggs research. Another 140 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1250 and 1296 are included under the topic Early Beggs History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Beggs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Beggs family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 122 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Beggs:

Beggs Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Miles Beggs, who arrived in Maryland in 1716

Beggs Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Margt Beggs, who arrived in America in 1804
  • Alex Beggs, who landed in America in 1804
  • Thomas Beggs, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1806
  • James Beggs, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Richard Beggs, who arrived in Maryland in 1832


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  • Joe Beggs (1910-1983), American Major League Baseball player
  • James Montgomery Beggs (b. 1926), American administrator of NASA (1981-85)
  • John I. Beggs (1847-1925), American entrepreneur, former director of General Electric
  • Nick Beggs (b. 1961), British musician
  • John Robert "Roy" Beggs (b. 1936), Northern Ireland politician


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  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
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The Beggs Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beggs Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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