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To the ancient Scottish name Beggs was a nickname for a person who was small of stature or little deriving from the Gaelic word beag.

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The surname Beggs 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.

The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Beggs has been spelled Begg, Beg, Begge, Beggs and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beggs research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1250 and 1296 are included under the topic Early Beggs History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Beggs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Beggs family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Beggs:

Beggs Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Miles Beggs, who arrived in Maryland in 1716

Beggs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Margt Beggs, who arrived in America in 1804
  • Alex Beggs, who landed in America in 1804
  • Thomas Beggs, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1806
  • James Beggs, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Richard Beggs, who arrived in Maryland in 1832


Beggs Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Beggs, aged 31, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Sultana"
  • William Beggs, aged 31, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851
  • Isabella Beggs, aged 31, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851
  • David Beggs, aged 6, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851
  • Mary Beggs, aged 24, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Navarino"

Beggs Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Beggs, aged 44, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Glenlora" in 1873
  • Jane Beggs, aged 32, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Glenlora" in 1873
  • James Beggs, aged 39, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
  • Isabella Beggs, aged 14, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
  • Margaret Beggs, aged 10, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875


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  • Lyall T. Beggs, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1952
  • John W. Beggs, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Schoharie County, 1928
  • James Beggs (1760-1835), American politician, Member of Indiana territorial House of Representatives, 1807-09; Member of Indiana State Senate, 1816-20
  • Helen Beggs, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1964
  • David W. Beggs, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 22nd District, 1952
  • Charles Beggs (1775-1862), American politician, Member of Indiana Territorial House of Representatives, 1814-15; Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1817-19
  • Carol E. Beggs, American politician, Mayor of Salina, Kansas, 1992-93
  • Albert Ivan Beggs, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Salaverry, 1947
  • W. E. Beggs, American politician, Mayor of Lamar, Colorado, 1959
  • William Beggs, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Ohio State House of Representatives from Mahoning County, 1897

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  10. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
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