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Bigge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancient Norman culture that was established in England after the Conquest of 1066 produced the name of Bigge. It was given to a large, stout, or strong man. The name is Old Norse in origin, and stems from the Old English root bigge.

Early Origins of the Bigge family


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

Early History of the Bigge family


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Bigge Spelling Variations


Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Biggs, Bigg, Big, Bigge, Byggs, Bygges, Bigges and others.

Early Notables of the Bigge family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Bigge family to the New World and Oceana


Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bigge or a variant listed above:

Bigge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Bigge, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]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)
  • Thomas Bigge, who settled in Barbados in 1681

Bigge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Bigge, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1869 [1]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 Bigge (post 1700)


  • John Bigge (1780-1843), English judge and royal commissioner
  • Charles William Bigge (1773-1849), English banker
  • Thomas Charles Bigge (d. 1794), High Sheriff of Northumberland
  • Arthur Bigge (1849-1931), 1st Baron Stamfordham, British officer and Royal Private Secretary

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  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)

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