Bickam History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestry of the name Bickam dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in Bikome, a town in the county of Somerset.
Early Origins of the Bickam family
The surname Bickam was first found in Somerset where Kirby's Quest listed the first two entries for the name: Walter de Bikome, Somerset, 1 Edward III and Godfrey de Bycorobe, Somerset, 1 Edward III.  In both cases, these poeple lived "1 Edward III," or in other words "during the first year of King Edward III's reign."
Early History of the Bickam family
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Bickam Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bickam have been found, including Bickham, Bickam, Bigham, Biggam, Bigholme, Bighone, Begholm, Beghome, Biggem and many more.
Early Notables of the Bickam family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: George Bickham the Elder (d. 1769), writing-master and engraver, born about the end of the seventeenth century. "He was the most celebrated penman of his time, and published in 1743 a folio volume entitled 'The Universal Penman . . . exemplified in all the...
Migration of the Bickam family
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Bickam, or a variant listed above: Richard Bickham who settled in Barbados in 1685; George Bickham settled in Philadelphia in 1830; Margaret Biggam settled in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1767.