Biggs History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Biggs is rooted in the ancient Norman culture that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. It was a name for someone who was 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 Biggs family

The surname Biggs was first found in Essex, where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Biggs family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Biggs research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1917, 1606, 1659 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Biggs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Biggs Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Biggs, Bigg, Big, Bigge, Byggs, Bygges, Bigges and others.

Early Notables of the Biggs family (pre 1700)

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United States Biggs migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Biggs or a variant listed above:

Biggs Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Biggs, who arrived in Virginia in 1610 [1]
  • Sarah Biggs, who arrived in Virginia in 1618 [1]
  • Mrs. Biggs, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [1]
  • Richard Biggs, who settled in Virginia in 1626
  • Thomas Biggs, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Biggs Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Biggs, who arrived in America in 1795 [1]
Biggs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andre Biggs, who landed in Louisiana in 1805 [1]
  • Jeremiah Biggs was a plaintiff before the Supreme Court in 1810
  • Alexander Biggs, aged 26, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Henry Seymom Biggs, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1820 [1]
  • Peter Biggs, who landed in New York in 1842 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Biggs migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Biggs Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Biggs was a fisherman in Adam's Cove, Newfoundland in 1829 [2]
  • Frances Biggs, who settled in Pouch Cove, Newfoundland in 1850 [2]
  • James Biggs was a fisherman of Bareneed, Newfoundland in 1871 [2]
  • John Biggs was a cooper of Carbonear in 1871

Australia Biggs migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Biggs Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Abraham Biggs, a carpenter, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mr. Thomas Biggs, English convict who was convicted in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 27 September 1834, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • Mr. John Biggs, (b. 1802), aged 36, English convict who was convicted in Surrey, England for life for house breaking, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 24th March 1838, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1839 [4]
  • Samuel Henry Biggs, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839 [5]
  • Ann Elizabeth Biggs, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Biggs migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Biggs Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Frances Biggs, aged 19, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Isaac Biggs, aged 1, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Frances Biggs, aged 4 mths., who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Hannah Biggs, aged 29, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Alfred Biggs, aged 4, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Biggs (post 1700) +

  • Electra Waggoner Biggs (1912-2001), American socialite and sculptor from Texas
  • Marion Biggs (1823-1910), American Democrat politician, Member of California State Assembly, 1867-71 (16th District 1867-69, 24th District 1869-71); U.S. Representative from California 2nd District, 1887-91
  • Lee Biggs, American politician, Mayor of Searcy, Arkansas, 1956
  • M. R. K. Biggs, American politician, Member of Missouri State Senate 11th District, 1901-04
  • John E. Biggs, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1948 [6]
  • John David Biggs (b. 1888), American Republican politician, Bond County State's Attorney, 1912-16; County Judge in Illinois, 1922-41; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1944, 1948 [6]
  • James Crawford Biggs (1872-1960), American Democrat politician, Law professor; Mayor of Oxford, North Carolina, 1897-98; Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives, 1905; Superior Court Judge in North Carolina, 1907-11;
  • John Biggs Jr. (1895-1979), American Democrat politician, Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; Lawyer; Delaware Democratic State Chair, 1930-36; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Delaware, 1932, 1936;
  • Hiram S. Biggs, American Republican politician, Mayor of Warsaw, Indiana, 1875-78 [6]
  • George K. Biggs, American politician, Member of Missouri State Senate 12th District, 1875-78
  • ... (Another 25 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMAS Sydney II
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Harry Biggs, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [8]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Edward Charles Biggs (d. 1912), aged 21, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [9]


Suggested Readings for the name Biggs +

  • 1418 "The Jesse Tree: History of Biggs-Dexter Families in America" by Rayma Leone Biggs.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/augusta-jessie
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 13th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RECOVERY from London 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Recovery.htm
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  8. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  9. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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