The name Bigges comes from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain after the Conquest of 1066. It was a name for 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 Bigges family
The surname Bigges was first found in Essex
, where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Bigges family
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Bigges Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Biggs, Bigg, Big, Bigge, Byggs, Bygges, Bigges and others.
Early Notables of the Bigges family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bigges family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Bigges or a variant listed above were:
Bigges Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Mary Bigges, who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630
- Tho Bigges, aged 13, who arrived in America in 1635 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)