The ancestors of the Biggar family may have been Viking settlers. Their surname comes from a place name of Norse origins, from when they lived in east Lanarkshire
, in a place probably named from the Old Norse words "bygg," meaning "barley," and "geiri," denoting a triangular plot of land.
Early Origins of the Biggar family
The surname Biggar was first found in Lanarkshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland
, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire
, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Biggar family
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Biggar Spelling Variations
Standards against which to judge the accuracy of spellings and translations did not yet exist in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations
in names dating from that era, are thus, an extremely common occurrence. Biggar has been recorded as Biggar, Bigare, Bigger, Bigir, Bygar, McGivern, Bigger and many more.
Early Notables of the Biggar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Biggar family to Ireland
Some of the Biggar family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 272 words (19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Biggar family to the New World and Oceana
The New World was far from the oppressive regime of the old country. It was a place where there was more land than people and political and religious freedom were far easier to come by. Many Scots even got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. In recent years, interest in this heritage has been generated by Clan
societies and regular highland games in North America. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Biggar name:
Biggar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- George D Biggar, who arrived in Mississippi in 1837 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Biggar (post 1700)
- John Biggar, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 10th District, 1980 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- James B. Biggar, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 20th District, 1947-52
- J. Lyon Biggar, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Belleville, 1884
- Alastair Gourlay Biggar (1946-2016), Scotland international rugby union player who capped twelve times for Scotland
- Ann-Maree Biggar, Australian television presenter
- John Walter Scott Biggar (b. 1843), Ontario farmer and political figure
- Henry Percival Biggar (1872-1938), historian and Canadian archivist
- Herbert Biggar (1809-1892), Canadian merchant, farmer and political figure in Canada West
- William Hodgins Biggar (1852-1922), Canadian business lawyer and political figure
- James Lyons Biggar (1824-1879), Canadian merchant and political figure
- ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)