Bigger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Bigger 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 Bigger family

The surname Bigger 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.

Important Dates for the Bigger family

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

Bigger 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. Bigger has been recorded as Biggar, Bigare, Bigger, Bigir, Bygar, McGivern, Bigger and many more.

Early Notables of the Bigger family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Bigger family to Ireland

Some of the Bigger 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.

Bigger migration to the United States

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 Bigger name:

Bigger Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Bigger, who arrived in Maryland in 1652 [1]
  • Ann Bigger, who landed in Maryland in 1654 [1]
  • Francis Bigger, who landed in Maryland in 1661 [1]
Bigger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • David Bigger, who settled in New Hampshire in 1718
  • Gilbert Bigger who settled in Baltimore in 1754
  • Peter Bigger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
Bigger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Bigger, aged 22, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • David Bigger, who arrived in Mississippi in 1825 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bigger (post 1700)

  • William W. Bigger, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Ocean City, Maryland, 1893-97 [2]
  • Thomas B. Bigger, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Richmond, Virginia, 1845-61 [2]
  • Matthew L. Bigger, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Ohio State Attorney General, 1928 [2]
  • Thomas A. Bigger, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1924 [2]
  • John Bigger, American politician, Member of Ohio State Senate, 1803-06; Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1824; Candidate for Governor of Ohio, 1826
  • James M. Bigger, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1876 [2]
  • J. C. Bigger, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, 1883-85
  • Elsie E. Bigger, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 43rd District, 1998 [2]
  • Edjaun Cinclair "E. J." Bigger (b. 1987), American football cornerback
  • Jeff Bigger (b. 1963), American author, journalist, playwright, master storyteller and performance artist
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Citations

  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 http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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