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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.

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

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Biggs research. Another 165 words (12 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.

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Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Biggs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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
  • Sarah Biggs, who arrived in Virginia in 1618
  • Mrs. Biggs, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Richard Biggs settled in Virginia in 1626
  • Thomas Biggs settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635
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Biggs Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Biggs, who arrived in America in 1795

Biggs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andre Biggs, who landed in Louisiana in 1805
  • Jeremiah Biggs was a plaintiff before the Supreme Court in 1810
  • Alexander Biggs, aged 26, landed in New York in 1812
  • Henry Seymom Biggs, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1820
  • Peter Biggs, who landed in New York in 1842
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Biggs Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Biggs was a fisherman in Adam's Cove, Newfoundland in 1829
  • Frances Biggs settled in Pouch Cove, Newfoundland in 1850
  • James Biggs was a fisherman of Bareneed, Newfoundland in 1871
  • John Biggs was a cooper of Carbonear in 1871

Biggs Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Abraham Biggs, a carpenter, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Samuel Henry Biggs arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839
  • Ann Elizabeth Biggs arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839
  • Mary Ann Biggs arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839
  • George Biggs, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
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Biggs Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Frances Biggs, aged 19, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Isaac Biggs, aged 1, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Frances Biggs, aged 4 mths., arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Hannah Biggs, aged 29, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Alfred Biggs, aged 4, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • George K. Biggs, American politician, Member of Missouri State Senate 12th District, 1875-78
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Biggs Historic Events



HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Alexander Baillie Biggs (1905-1941), Australian Warrant Engineer from Armadale, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Harry Biggs, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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



    Other References

    1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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    The Biggs Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Biggs Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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