Origins Available: English
The ancient history of the name Biggowe began soon after 1066 when the Norman Conquest
occurred. It was a name given to a Norman or an excessively religious person. Normans
were referred to as Bigots by the French, although the meaning of the word is unknown. After the 15th century, a nickname
adapted from the phrase by God
took on the form Bigot.
There is some suggestion that the name in Normandy
had been Wigot, and there was a line descended from Wigot de St.Denis, a great nobleman of Normandy
Early Origins of the Biggowe family
The surname Biggowe was first found in Essex
at Dunmow and Finchingfield, where they were granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. Roger Bigod is also listed in Domesday Book; he was a Sheriff, with large land holdings in Essex
. Marston-Biggott in Somerset
was an ancient family seat
. "This place derives the affix to its name from the Bigott family, to whom the manor for several centuries belonged, and the site of whose ancient mansion is still marked by the moat." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Biggowe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Biggowe research.Another 283 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1096, 1095, 1177, 1182, 1225, 1266, 1107, 1144, 1150, 1221, 1209, 1270, 1245, 1306, 1066, 1166, 1227, 1214, 1522, 1150, 1220 and 1298 are included under the topic Early Biggowe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Biggowe Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Biggowe are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Biggowe include Bigot, Bigode, Bygod, Begod, Bigod, Wigot, Bidgood and many more.
Early Notables of the Biggowe family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Roger le Bigod (1150-1220), son of Hugh Bigod, 2nd Earl of Norfolk
, who was recorded on the Falkirk Roll. This... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Biggowe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Biggowe family to Ireland
Some of the Biggowe family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Biggowe family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Biggowe, or a variant listed above: Richard Bidgood who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1638; and V. Bigot who settled in San Francisco Cal. in 1851. In Newfoundland, Benjamin Bidgood was a juror in St. John's in 1751.