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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.

Biggart Early Origins



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.

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Biggart Spelling Variations


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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.

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Biggart Early History


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Biggart Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Biggart 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 Biggart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Biggart Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Biggart Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Biggart In Ireland


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Biggart In Ireland



Some of the Biggart 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



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 settled in Pennsylvania in 1772
  • Robert Biggart, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773

Biggart Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Biggart, aged 44, arrived in Ohio in 1812
  • Sarah Biggart, aged 17, who emigrated 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 emigrated to America, in 1904
  • John Biggart, aged 65, who settled in America from Amtrim, in 1904
  • Joshia Biggart, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Antrim, in 1904
  • Mabelle Biggart, aged 48, who landed in America, in 1913
  • Hugh Biggart, aged 52, who emigrated to the United States, in 1921

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Contemporary Notables of the name Biggart (post 1700)


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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
  • 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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    4. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    7. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    8. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Biggart Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Biggart 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.

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