Bigerforde History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Bigerforde is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Bickford, which was the name of several places in England. The surname Bigerforde is derived from the Old English words becca, which refers to a type of ax, and ford, which refers to a shallow place in a river.
Early Origins of the Bigerforde family
The surname Bigerforde was first found in Devon at Bickford Town in Plympton St. Mary parish or from Beckford Farm in Membury. 
"The manor of Carburrow, [in the parish of Warleggon. Cornwall] and the barton of Trevedoc, have been for a considerable time in the family of their present proprietor Arscott Bickford, Esq. of Dunsland in Devonshire. The old mansion still remains; but it is no longer the abode of grandeur." 
Some sources note that the family could have originated in Beckford, Gloucestershire. This parish, in the union of Winchcomb, partly in the hundred of Tibaldstone dates back to Saxon times when it was known as Beccanford in 803.  By the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, the parish was known as Beceford. 
In the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, there was a strong presence of the family in Gloucestershire where (Prior) de Bekeford; Adam de Beckeford; and Henry de Beckeford were listed at that time. Alex, de Bikeford was listed in Staffordshire in the same rolls.  Of the latter, the village of Bickford in Staffordshire survives today.
Early History of the Bigerforde family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bigerforde research. Another 60 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1050, 1774, 1834 and 1709 are included under the topic Early Bigerforde History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bigerforde 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. Bigerforde has been spelled many different ways, including Bickford, Bickerford and others.
Early Notables of the Bigerforde family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bigerforde family
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 Bigerfordes to arrive in North America: Stephen Bickford who settled in Warren, Maine, in the year of 1640; and other members of the family settled in New Hampshire at Henniker, Sabornton, and Nottingham..
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