Begg History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Begg was first used as a surname among the descendants of the ancient Scottish people known as the Picts. It was a name for a person who was small of stature or little deriving from the Gaelic word beag.

Early Origins of the Begg family

The surname Begg was first found in Inverness-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Nis) divided between the present day Scottish Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles, and consisting of a large northern mainland area and various island areas off the west coast, the shire was anciently both a Pictish and Norwegian stronghold, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Begg family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Begg research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1250 and 1296 are included under the topic Early Begg History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Begg Spelling Variations

Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Begg has been spelled Begg, Beg, Begge, Beggs and others.

Early Notables of the Begg family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Begg family to Ireland

Some of the Begg family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Begg migration to the United States +

In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Begg:

Begg Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Begg who was recorded as having arrived in Virginia in 1666 [1]
Begg Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Miles Begg, who arrived in Virginia in 1716
  • Miles Begg, who arrived in Maryland in 1716 [1]
  • William Begg, who settled in Charleston, South Carolina in 1767
Begg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Agnes, Jane and Jessie Begg all of whom were listed as having, who arrived in Illinois in 1842
  • Agnes Begg, who landed in Illinois in 1842 [1]
  • Jessie Begg, who arrived in Illinois in 1842 [1]
  • Jane Begg, who landed in Illinois in 1843 [1]
  • William Begg who arrived in South Dakota in 1845
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Begg migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Begg Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Begg, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847 [2]
  • John Begg, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847 [2]
  • Thomas Begg, aged 35, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk" [3]
  • William Begg (1821-1889), Scottish ship's captain from Montrose who settled in Adelaide, South Australia in 1872 after making many voyages from 1863 to 1866; he had ten children from two wives

New Zealand Begg migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Begg Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. A. Begg, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Blundell" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 21st September 1848 [4]
  • Mrs. Begg, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK with 4 children aboard the ship "Blundell" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 21st September 1848 [4]
  • Mr. Henry F. Begg, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Strathfieldsaye" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 29th April 1858 [5]
  • Mr. Samuel Begg, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd September 1860 [5]
  • Samuel Begg, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Begg (post 1700) +

  • James Thomas Begg (1877-1963), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio 13th District, 1919-29; Candidate in primary for Governor of Ohio, 1928 [6]
  • Alistair Begg (b. 1952), American (Scottish born) minister, known as the voice behind the "Truth for Life" Christian radio ministry
  • Ally Begg (b. 1972), Scottish former model, boy band member and author
  • Rt. Rev. Ian Forbes Begg (1910-1989), Scottish Archbishop of Aberdeen and Orkney (1973-1976)
  • John "Jack" Begg (1866-1937), Scottish architect, who practiced in London, South Africa and India
  • Ferdinand Faithfull Begg FRSE (1847-1926), Scottish stockbroker and Unionist politician, Senior Partner of Faithfull Begg & Co Stockbrokers in London (1887-1913), Member of Parliament for Glasgow St Rollox (1895-1900)
  • Dame Margaret Anne Begg DBE (b. 1955), Scottish politician, Member of Parliament for Aberdeen South (1997-2015), the first permanent wheelchair user in the House of Commons since 1880
  • James Begg (1808-1883), Scottish minister in the Free Church of Scotland
  • Christopher Stephen "Chris" Begg (b. 1979), Canadian Major League Baseball pitcher, member of the bronze medalist winning Team Canada in the 2004 Summer Olympics
  • Simon "Si" Begg (b. 1972), British electronic dance music DJ, musician and record producer
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TRAFALGAR 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Trafalgar.htm
  3. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nashwauk 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/europa1855.shtml
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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