The ancestors of the name Biggles date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Biggles family lived in the town of Bickley in the county of Devon
. This place-name is derived from the Anglo Saxon personal name Bicca
and the Old English word leigh,
meaning wooded area.
Early Origins of the Biggles family
The surname Biggles was first found in Devon
, where they had been from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Biggles family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Biggles research.Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1661, 1754, 1415, 1426, 1529, 1518, 1596, 1569, 1585, 1586, 1596, 1582, 1670, 1623, 1681, 1644, 1687, 1667 and 1746 are included under the topic Early Biggles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Biggles Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Biggles are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Biggles include: Bickley, Bickle, Bickler, Bickleigh, Bigley, Bigly, Biglay and many more.
Early Notables of the Biggles family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Bickley, Member of the Parliament for Huntingdon
in 1415 and 1426; John Bickley, Member of the Parliament for Stafford in 1529; Thomas Bickley (1518-1596) was an English churchman, a Marian exile... Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Biggles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Biggles family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Biggles or a variant listed above: Sarah Bickley who settled in Maryland in 1740; Philip Bickler arrived in Philadelphia in 1744; Adam Bickle arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751 with wife and children.