Show ContentsBegbie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Begbie family

The surname Begbie was first found in Suffolk and Nottingham where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

One source notes that the family could have been from Bigby, a parish, in the union of Caistor, S. division of the wapentake of Yarborough, parts of Lindsey, in Lincolnshire. [1]

To the south in Devon, we found this interesting entry for the family: Bigbury [in the parish of Modbury] was held by lords of that name as early as the reign of John ; and after nine descents was brought by a coheiress to one of the Champernownes of Beer Ferrers, from whom it descended through the Willoughbys to the Paulets. There is a fifteenth-century Bigbury brass in the church." [2]

Early History of the Begbie family

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Begbie Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Begbie include Bigsby, Bixby, Bigby, Bigbury, Bigsbury and many more.

Early Notables of the Begbie family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: John Jeremiah Bigsby (1792-1881), English geologist and physician, eponym of the Bigsby Medal; and Sir Thomas Bigsby. Angel Bix (d. 1695), was a Franciscan friar, who "after filling the office...
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United States Begbie migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Begbie or a variant listed above:

Begbie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Begbie, who arrived in North Carolina in 1827 [3]
  • Thomas Begbie, who landed in North Carolina in 1827 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Begbie (post 1700) +

  • Edward Harold Begbie (1871-1929), English author and journalist
  • Mr. Alexander Hugh McCormack Begbie C.B.E., British Chief People Officer for Standard Life, was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Business and Social Inclusion [4]
  • James Begbie (1798-1869), Scottish physician, born in 1798 and educated at the high school and University of Edinburgh [5]
  • James Warburton Begbie (1826-1876), Scottish physician, Scottish Physician In-Ordinary to Queen Victoria's Medical Household in 1853, second son of Dr. James Begbie
  • Alfred William Begbie (b. 1853), British civil servant, Lieutenant-Governor of the North-Western Provinces of INdia
  • Herbert Gordon Smirnoff Begbie (1905-1973), Australian suffragan bishop in the Anglican Diocese of Sydney
  • Denis Warburton Begbie (1914-2009), South African cricketer
  • Alison Begbie (1762-1823), also known as Ellison Begbie or Elizabeth Gebbie, Scottish courtier to Robert Burns, inspiration for many of his poems [6]
  • Graeme Begbie (b. 1986), Australian field hockey player
  • Isaac Begbie (1868-1958), Scottish footballer
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Begbie Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ad astra
Motto Translation: To the stars.

  1. Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  2. Worth, R.N., A History of Devonshire London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.G., 1895. Digital
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018,
  5. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 14 June. 2019
  6. Alison Begbie. (Retrieved 2013, May 10) Alison Begbie. Retrieved from on Facebook