Biggart History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the Biggart surname reach back to the language of the Viking settlers who populated the rugged shores of Scotland in the Medieval era. The Biggart surname comes from someone having 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 Biggart family

The surname Biggart 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 Biggart family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Biggart research. Another 160 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1153, 1160, 1174, 1292, 1329, 1368, and 1614 are included under the topic Early Biggart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Biggart Spelling Variations

Spelling variations are extremely common among Scottish names dating from this era because the arts of spelling and translation were not yet standardized. Spelling was done by sound, and translation from Gaelic to English was generally quite careless. In different records, Biggart has been spelled Biggar, Bigare, Bigger, Bigir, Bygar, McGivern, Bigger and many more.

Early Notables of the Biggart family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Biggart family to Ireland

Some of the Biggart family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 68 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Biggart migration to the United States +

Those who made the voyage were greeted with ample opportunity to acquire land and a political climate far away from the oppressive monarchy of the old country. They settled along the east coast of what would become Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence, those who remained loyal to England traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, many Scots living in North America have begun to recover their rich heritage through festivals, highland games, and Clan societies. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Biggart:

Biggart Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Biggart, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1772
  • Robert Biggart, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [1]
Biggart Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Biggart, aged 44, who arrived in Ohio in 1812 [1]
  • Sarah Biggart, aged 17, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Samuel Biggart, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1896
Biggart Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Robert Park Biggart, aged 38, who immigrated to America, in 1904
  • John Biggart, aged 65, who settled in America from Amtrim, in 1904
  • Joshia Biggart, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Antrim, in 1904
  • Mabelle Biggart, aged 48, who landed in America, in 1913
  • Hugh Biggart, aged 52, who immigrated to the United States, in 1921

Contemporary Notables of the name Biggart (post 1700) +

  • Mrs. James F. Biggart, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1960, 1972 [2]
  • Bob Biggart, American two-time Primetime Emmy nominated sound editor
  • Claude Thomas "Tom" Biggart (1907-1979), American editor, best known for his work on The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (1952 to 1955), Dennis the Menace (1959) and Hazel (1961)
  • Nicole Woolsey Biggart, American professor of Management and Sociology, the Jerome J. and Elsie Suran Chair in Technology Management at the University of California
  • Bill Biggart (1947-2001), American photojournalist and victim of the September 11th attacks
  • Sir John Biggart, British pathologist

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 17) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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