Early Origins of the Bigby family
The surname Bigby was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Bigby family
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Bigby 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. Bigby has been spelled many different ways, including Bigsby, Bixby, Bigby, Bigbury, Bigsbury and many more.
Early Notables of the Bigby family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bigby 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 Bigbys to arrive in North America:
Bigby Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas Bigby, who settled in Tobago in the West Indies in 1775
Bigby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- C. Bigby arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
Contemporary Notables of the name Bigby (post 1700)
- John Summerfield Bigby (1832-1898), American Republican politician, Delegate to Georgia State Constitutional Convention, 1867-68; Superior Court Judge in Georgia, 1868-71; U.S. Representative from Georgia 3rd District, 1871-73 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
The Bigby Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Ad astra
Motto Translation: To the stars.