McGiveron comes from a place name. The roots of this Scottish place name; however date back to the great movement of the Norse Vikings
. The ancestors of the McGiveron family 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 McGiveron family
The surname McGiveron 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 McGiveron family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGiveron 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 McGiveron History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McGiveron Spelling Variations
Spelling and translation were quite undeveloped in the Middle Ages. Consequently, the spelling of Scottish names was an inconsistent practice, usually governed by the unique ear of the scribe recording the name. Over the years, McGiveron was spelled Biggar, Bigare, Bigger, Bigir, Bygar, McGivern, Bigger and many more.
Early Notables of the McGiveron family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McGiveron family to Ireland
Some of the McGiveron 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 McGiveron family to the New World and Oceana
Opportunity and land greeted those who made it all the way. Some had the opportunity to solidify their new freedom by fighting in the American War of Independence
, while others went or stayed north as United Empire Loyalists. Recently, the ancestors of those brave settlers have been able to recover much of their heritage through Clan
societies and other patriotic organizations. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name McGiveron: Gilbert Bigger who settled in Baltimore in 1754; David Bigger settled in New Hampshire
in 1718; James Biggart settled in Pennsylvania in 1772.