Bigham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Bigham family

The surname Bigham was first found in Somerset where Kirby's Quest listed the first two entries for the name: Walter de Bikome, Somerset, 1 Edward III and Godfrey de Bycorobe, Somerset, 1 Edward III. [1] In both cases, these poeple lived "1 Edward III," or in other words "during the first year of King Edward III's reign."

Early History of the Bigham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bigham research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1769, 1743, 1758, 1747 and 1758 are included under the topic Early Bigham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bigham Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Bigham family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: George Bickham the Elder (d. 1769), writing-master and engraver, born about the end of the seventeenth century. "He was the most celebrated penman of his time, and published in 1743 a folio volume entitled 'The Universal Penman . . . exemplified in all the...
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United States Bigham migration to the United States +

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 [2]
Bigham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Bigham, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808 [2]
  • James Bigham, aged 25, who landed in Virginia in 1812 [2]
  • John Bigham, aged 25, who arrived in Virginia in 1813 [2]
  • Samuel Bigham, aged 34, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1826 [2]

Canada Bigham migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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

New Zealand Bigham 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:

Bigham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Bigham (Bingham), (b. 1838), aged 26, British farm labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Glenmark" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st January 1865 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bigham (post 1700) +

  • 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 [4]
  • Larry L. Bigham, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from South Carolina 5th District, 1994, 1996 [4]
  • Larry Bigham, American Democrat politician, Chair of Jefferson County Democratic Party, 2011 [4]
  • 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
  • Robert Bigham Brode (1900-1986), American physicist, who led the group at the Manhattan Project's Los Alamos laboratory

SS Alcoa Puritan
  • G.E. Bigham, American from Birmingham, Alabama, who was working aboard the SS Alcoa Puritan traveling from Port of Spain, Trinidad to Mobile, Alabama when it was torpedoed by U-boat U-507; he survived the sinking [5]

  1. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 17) . Retrieved from
  5. ^ - (Retrieved 2018, February 8th) on Facebook
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