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

In the Middle Ages, the first family to use the Bygis surname took the name from a place name with Viking roots. They lived in east Lanarkshire, in a place probably named from the Old Norse words "bygg," meaning "barley," and "geiri," denoting a triangular plot of land.

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In the Middle Ages, no real standards were established to judge the accuracy of spelling and translation. They were done mostly by ear and intuition, and enormous numbers of spelling variations were the unsurprising result. Bygis has appeared as Biggar, Bigare, Bigger, Bigir, Bygar, McGivern, Bigger and many more.

First found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bygis research. Another 240 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1153, 1160, 1174, 1292, 1329, 1368, and 1614 are included under the topic Early Bygis History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Bygis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 272 words(19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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North America was far from Britain's oppressive monarchy. There, the Scottish found land and freedom, and many even the opportunity to pay back England in the American War of Independence. This brave heritage survives today largely in Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Bygis family in North America: Gilbert Bigger who settled in Baltimore in 1754; David Bigger settled in New Hampshire in 1718; James Biggart settled in Pennsylvania in 1772.

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The Bygis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bygis 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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