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Where did the English Quigg family come from? What is the English Quigg family crest and coat of arms? When did the Quigg family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Quigg family history?The name Quigg is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in the county of Devon where they worked as dairy farmers. The surname is both local and occupational, since it describes where the original bearers lived and what work they did. The surname was originally derived from the Old English word cwic. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. In this case the surname Quigg was originally derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer; dairy farming. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames.
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Quigg were recorded, including Quick, Quicke, Quig, Quigg, Quegg and others.
First found in Devon where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quigg research. Another 238 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Quigg History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Quigg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Quigg family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 140 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Quigg family emigrate to North America:
Quigg Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Quigg Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Quigg Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Quigg 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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