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The name Bigg is part of the ancient legacy of the early Norman inhabitants that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Bigg was a Norman name used for a large, stout, or strong man. The name is Old Norse in origin, and stems from the Old English root bigge.

Bigg Early Origins



The surname Bigg was first found in Essex, where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Bigg Spelling Variations


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Bigg Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Biggs, Bigg, Big, Bigge, Byggs, Bygges, Bigges and others.

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Bigg Early History


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Bigg Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bigg research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1917, 1606, 1659 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Bigg History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bigg Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bigg Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bigg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Bigg name or one of its variants:

Bigg Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Rachel Bigg, aged 6, landed in America in 1635
  • Elinor Bigg, who landed in Virginia in 1648
  • Johan Bigg, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • John Bigg settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Josuah Bigg, who arrived in Virginia in 1655
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bigg Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Bigg who settled in Maryland in 1774

Bigg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Archibald Bigg, who arrived in America in 1806
  • A Bigg, aged 42, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1852

Bigg Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Bigg U.E. who settled in New Brunswick 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

Bigg Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Albert G. Bigg, aged 24, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1873

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  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. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  11. ...

The Bigg Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bigg 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 18 February 2015 at 13:15.

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