In the Middle Ages, Viking immigrants settled the shores of Scotland
and named many places. The Bickar name was then created from one of these place names. 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.
Early Origins of the Bickar family
The surname Bickar was 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.
Early History of the Bickar family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bickar 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 Bickar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bickar Spelling Variations
Intuition and sound were the primary sources medieval scribes used to judge appropriate spellings and translations for names. The spelling of a name thus varied according to who was doing the recording. The different spelling variations
of Bickar include Biggar, Bigare, Bigger, Bigir, Bygar, McGivern, Bigger and many more.
Early Notables of the Bickar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bickar family to Ireland
Some of the Bickar 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bickar family to the New World and Oceana
In their new home, Scots found land and opportunity, and some even fought for their new freedom in the American War of Independence
. Some, who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, the ancestors of both of these groups have begun recovering their illustrious national heritage through Clan
societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Bickar name: Gilbert Bigger who settled in Baltimore in 1754; David Bigger settled in New Hampshire
in 1718; James Biggart settled in Pennsylvania in 1772.