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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.

Biggar Early Origins



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.

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Biggar Spelling Variations


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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.

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Biggar Early History


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Biggar Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Biggar research. Another 240 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1153, 1160, 1174, 1292, 1329, 1368, and 1614 are included under the topic Early Biggar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Biggar Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Biggar Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Biggar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Biggar In Ireland


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Biggar In 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Ameri ca. 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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Biggar (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Biggar (post 1700)



  • John Biggar, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 10th District, 1980
  • 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.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    3. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. 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).
    10. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    11. ...

    The Biggar Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Biggar 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 17 March 2016 at 16:10.

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