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Following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the name Big was first found in Britina. It was a name for a large, stout, or strong man. The name is Old Norse in origin, and stems from the Old English root bigge.

Big Early Origins



The surname Big was first found in Essex, where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Big Spelling Variations


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Big Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Big are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Big include Biggs, Bigg, Big, Bigge, Byggs, Bygges, Bigges and others.

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Big Early History


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Big Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Big research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1917, 1606, 1659 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Big History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Big Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Big Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Big Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Big, or a variant listed above: William Bigg who settled in Maryland in 1774; John Bigg settled in Virginia in 1653; Thomas Bigge settled in Barbados in 1681; Mary Bigges settled in Salem Mass in 1630.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    The Big Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Big Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 2 July 2013 at 09:56.

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