name Bigarstown comes from the family having resided 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 Bigarstown family
The surname Bigarstown was first found in Cheshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Bigarstown family
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Bigarstown Spelling Variations
Bigarstown has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Bickerton, Bickertown, Beckertoun, Bikerton, Bikarton and many more.
Early Notables of the Bigarstown family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bigarstown family to Ireland
Some of the Bigarstown family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Bigarstown family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bigarstowns to arrive on North American shores: 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