The Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought many new words to England
from which surnames were formed. Begould was one of these new Norman names. It was specifically tailored to its first bearer, who was a Norman or an excessively religious person. Normans
were referred to as Bigots by the French, although the meaning of the word is unknown. After the 15th century, a nickname
adapted from the phrase by God
took on the form Bigot.
There is some suggestion that the name in Normandy
had been Wigot, and there was a line descended from Wigot de St.Denis, a great nobleman of Normandy
Early Origins of the Begould family
The surname Begould was first found in Essex
at Dunmow and Finchingfield, where they were granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. Roger Bigod is also listed in Domesday Book; he was a Sheriff, with large land holdings in Essex
. Marston-Biggott in Somerset
was an ancient family seat
. "This place derives the affix to its name from the Bigott family, to whom the manor for several centuries belonged, and the site of whose ancient mansion is still marked by the moat." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Begould family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Begould research.Another 283 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1096, 1095, 1177, 1182, 1225, 1266, 1107, 1144, 1150, 1221, 1209, 1270, 1245, 1306, 1066, 1166, 1227, 1214, 1522, 1150, 1220 and 1298 are included under the topic Early Begould History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Begould Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Bigot, Bigode, Bygod, Begod, Bigod, Wigot, Bidgood and many more.
Early Notables of the Begould family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Roger le Bigod (1150-1220), son of Hugh Bigod, 2nd Earl of Norfolk
, who was recorded on the Falkirk Roll. This... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Begould Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Begould family to Ireland
Some of the Begould family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Begould family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Begould or a variant listed above: Richard Bidgood who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1638; and V. Bigot who settled in San Francisco Cal. in 1851. In Newfoundland, Benjamin Bidgood was a juror in St. John's in 1751.
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.