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The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Bigham come from when the family resided in Bikome, a town in the county of Somerset.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Bigham has been recorded under many different variations, including Bickham, Bickam, Bigham, Biggam, Bigholme, Bighone, Begholm, Beghome, Biggem and many more.

First found in Leicestershire where they have held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bigham research. Another 304 words (22 lines of text) covering the year 1350 is included under the topic Early Bigham History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Bigham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bigham or a variant listed above:

Bigham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Margaret Bigham, who landed in South Carolina in 1772

Bigham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Robert Bigham, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • James Bigham, aged 25, landed in Virginia in 1812
  • John Bigham, aged 25, arrived in Virginia in 1813
  • Samuel Bigham, aged 34, landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1826

Bigham Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • David Bigham, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Jacob Bigham, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

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  • Karla Bigham (b. 1979), American politician, and a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Lexie Donnell Bigham Jr. (1968-1995), American film and television actor
  • William R. Bigham, American politician, U.S. Consul General in Cape Town, 1905
  • Thomas J. Bigham, American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 25th District, 1865-67
  • Larry L. Bigham, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from South Carolina 5th District, 1994, 1996
  • Larry Bigham, American Democrat politician, Chair of Jefferson County Democratic Party, 2011
  • Sir Frank Trevor Roger Bigham KBE, CB (1876-1954), English barrister, Assistant Commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police from 1914 to 1931
  • John Charles Bigham (1840-1929), 1st Viscount Mersey, English lawyer and politician


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The Bigham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bigham 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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