England after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. This name was a name given to a large, stout, or strong man. The name is Old Norse in origin, and stems from the Old English root bigge.
Early Origins of the Bickes family
Essex, where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Bickes family
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Bickes Spelling Variations
hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bickes were recorded, including Biggs, Bigg, Big, Bigge, Byggs, Bygges, Bigges and others.
Early Notables of the Bickes family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bickes family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Bickes arrived in North America very early:
Bickes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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