The present generation of the Bigarstolm family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in one of several places named Bickerton. Bickerton is the name of various townships in the parish of Malpas in Cheshire
in the parish of Rothburg in Northumberland
, and in the parish of Bilton, in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The toponym Bickerton
is derived from the Old English beocere,
which means bee-keeper,
and tun, which originally denoted a fence or enclosure. However this came to mean enclosure round a house, homestead, village or town
at an early date. Thus the name can be understood to mean village of the bee-keeper.
Early Origins of the Bigarstolm family
The surname Bigarstolm was first found in Cheshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Bigarstolm family
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Bigarstolm Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Bigarstolm include Bickerton, Bickertown, Beckertoun, Bikerton, Bikarton and many more.
Early Notables of the Bigarstolm family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bigarstolm family to Ireland
Some of the Bigarstolm family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bigarstolm family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Bigarstolm were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Joan Bickerton who settled in Barbados in 1675; George Bickerton settled in Pennsylvania in 1772; John in Philadelphia in 1773; Thomas settled in New England