Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Bigay is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the town of Bickley in the county of Devon
. This place-name is derived from the Anglo Saxon personal name Bicca
and the Old English word leigh,
meaning wooded area.
Early Origins of the Bigay family
The surname Bigay was first found in Devon
, where they had been from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Bigay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bigay research.Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1661, 1754, 1415, 1426, 1529, 1518, 1596, 1569, 1585, 1586, 1596, 1582, 1670, 1623, 1681, 1644, 1687, 1667 and 1746 are included under the topic Early Bigay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bigay Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Bigay has been spelled many different ways, including Bickley, Bickle, Bickler, Bickleigh, Bigley, Bigly, Biglay and many more.
Early Notables of the Bigay family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Bickley, Member of the Parliament for Huntingdon
in 1415 and 1426; John Bickley, Member of the Parliament for Stafford in 1529; Thomas Bickley (1518-1596) was an English churchman, a Marian exile... Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bigay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bigay family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Bigays to arrive in North America: Sarah Bickley who settled in Maryland in 1740; Philip Bickler arrived in Philadelphia in 1744; Adam Bickle arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751 with wife and children.