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The ancestors of the Biggerstaff surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in or near the village of Bickerstaffe, which was located near Ormskirk in the county of Lancashire.

Biggerstaff Early Origins



The surname Biggerstaff was first found in Lancashire, at Bickerstaffe, a village and civil parish in the West Lancashire district. The village dates back to at least the 12th century when it was listed as Bikerstad and literally meant "landing place of the bee-keepers" from the Old English words bicere + staeth. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
However, another reference claims the name came from the Old English word "bicker," meaning to skirmish or contend, as in bicker-staff, a weapon analogous to a quarter-staff. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
This latter interpretation only occurs once through our research library and is mentioned here for reference purposes only as the former interpretation is more likely.

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Biggerstaff Spelling Variations


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Biggerstaff Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Biggerstaff include Bickerstaffe, Bickerstaff, Bickerstath, Bickerstathe, Bickersteth and many more.

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Biggerstaff Early History


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Biggerstaff Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Biggerstaff research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1639, 1714, 1685, 1713 and are included under the topic Early Biggerstaff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Biggerstaff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Biggerstaff Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Biggerstaff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Biggerstaff In Ireland


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Biggerstaff In Ireland



Some of the Biggerstaff family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 155 words (11 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



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Biggerstaff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Biggerstaff, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • John Biggerstaff, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Joseph Biggerstaff, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • Thomas Biggerstaff, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868

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Contemporary Notables of the name Biggerstaff (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Biggerstaff (post 1700)



  • John M. Biggerstaff (b. 1858), American Republican politician, Builder; Insurance business; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Kalamazoo County 1st District, 1915-16; Defeated, 1916. Scottish ancestry
  • Jerry Biggerstaff, American Professor of Psychology at West Coast University, Los Angeles
  • Sarah Biggerstaff, American Lecturer in the Practice of Leadership at Yale School of Management
  • Deborah Biggerstaff, British Lecturer & Senior Research Fellow at Warwick Medical School
  • Antoinette Biggerstaff (b. 1947), Irish actress, known for her role in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
  • Sean Biggerstaff (b. 1983), Scottish actor, best known for his role as Oliver Wood in the Harry Potter film series

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Suggested Readings for the name Biggerstaff


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Suggested Readings for the name Biggerstaff



  • Biggerstaff 1978: Being an Updating of the Family History and Genealogy of the North Carolina Biggerstaffs and Related Families by Ralph Lydron Biggerstaff.
  • Isaac Garinger Davis, His Davis and Biggerstaff Families by Elizabeth Davis Thompson.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  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. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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The Biggerstaff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Biggerstaff 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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