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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Bigelow surname lived near hills of barley. The surname Bigelow was also often derived from residence near one of the various settlements called Baguley, a name that originally means ram's woodland.

Bigelow Early Origins



The surname Bigelow was first found in Warwickshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Bigelow Spelling Variations


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Bigelow Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Bigelow are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bigelow include: Bigelow, Biggelow, Bigelowe and others.

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Bigelow Early History


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Bigelow Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bigelow research. Another 252 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1739, 1767, 1790, and 1821 are included under the topic Early Bigelow History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bigelow Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bigelow Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bigelow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bigelow or a variant listed above:

Bigelow Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Bigelow, who landed in Massachusetts in 1630
  • John Bigelow who settled in New England in 1620. He later moved to Watertown in 1637

Bigelow Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Colonel Timothy Bigelow was in the Massachusetts Line Regiment in the Revolutionary War

Bigelow Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Bigelow settled in Barnstable in Massachusetts in 1820
  • Edward M Bigelow, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1843
  • W J Bigelow, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1849
  • J C Bigelow, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • L Bigelow, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bigelow Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Jesse Bigelow U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Bigelow Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Increase Summer Bigelow, who landed in Canada in 1832
  • Abijah Bigelow, who landed in Canada in 1832
  • Benjamin Bigelow, who arrived in Canada in 1841

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bigelow (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bigelow (post 1700)



  • John Bigelow IV (b. 2001), nicknamed "Fore", an American golf prodigy who started playing golf at the age of one and appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show at the age of three
  • John Bigelow Jr. (1854-1936), United States Army Lieutenant Colonel who received a Silver Star and a Purple Heart for his actions in Cuba
  • John Prescott Bigelow (1797-1872), American politician, 12th Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts (1849-1851), Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1836-1843)
  • Frank Bigelow (b. 2012), American politician, Member of the California State Assembly
  • Howard E. Bigelow (1923-1987), American mycologist
  • Henry Bryant Bigelow (1879-1967), American oceanographer and marine biologist awarded the Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal from the National Academy of Sciences in 1948
  • Charles Henry Bigelow (1872-1958), American racecar driver who competed in the 1911 Indy 500
  • Charles H. Bigelow (b. 1862), American architect from Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Charles Bigelow, American politician, Mayor of Houston in 1840
  • Charles A. Bigelow (b. 1945), American type historian, professor, and designer, awarded the MacArthur Fellowship in 1982, the Frederic W. Goudy Award in 1987 and Sloan Science and Film screenwriting awards in 2001 and 2002
  • ... (Another 64 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Bigelow


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Suggested Readings for the name Bigelow



  • The Bigelow Family Genealogy by Patricia Bigelow.

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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Bigelow Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bigelow Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 12 February 2016 at 11:12.

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