Biggins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Biggins is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in Bikome, a town in the county of Somerset.

Early Origins of the Biggins family

The surname Biggins was first found in Somerset where Kirby's Quest listed the first two entries for the name: Walter de Bikome, Somerset, 1 Edward III and Godfrey de Bycorobe, Somerset, 1 Edward III. [1] In both cases, these poeple lived "1 Edward III," or in other words "during the first year of King Edward III's reign."

Important Dates for the Biggins family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Biggins research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1769, 1743, 1758, 1747 and 1758 are included under the topic Early Biggins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Biggins Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Biggins family name include Bickham, Bickam, Bigham, Biggam, Bigholme, Bighone, Begholm, Beghome, Biggem and many more.

Early Notables of the Biggins family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: George Bickham the Elder (d. 1769), writing-master and engraver, born about the end of the seventeenth century. "He was the most celebrated penman of his time, and published in 1743 a folio volume entitled 'The Universal Penman . . . exemplified in all the...
Another 52 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Biggins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Biggins migration to the United States

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Biggins surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Biggins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • S Biggins, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • Patrick Biggins, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1855 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Biggins (post 1700)

  • James G. Biggins Jr., American politician, Mayor of Arvada, Colorado, 1936-40
  • J. Veronica Biggins, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1996 [3]
  • Bob Biggins (b. 1946), American politician, Member of the Illinois House of Representatives (1993-2011)
  • Michael Biggins, born Michael Bigansky, an American film actor, writer, director, and television show host
  • Brian Biggins (1940-2006), former English football goalkeeper who played from 1958 to 1962
  • Steven James Biggins (b. 1954), English former footballer
  • Wayne Biggins (b. 1961), English former professional footballer
  • Christopher Kenneth Biggins (b. 1948), English actor and television presenter
  • Jonathan Biggins (b. 1960), Australian actor, singer, writer, and comedian

Citations

  1. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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