Following the Norman Conquest
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.
Early Origins of the Big family
The surname Big was first found in Essex
, where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Big family
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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.
Early Notables of the Big family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Big family to the New World and Oceana
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
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.