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All Irish surnames have a unique and often romantic meaning. The name Bigler originally appeared in Gaelic as O Beaglaoich where beag means little, and laoch means hero. First Anglicized as O'Begley, it now appears mostly as Begley, and occasionally Bagley.

Bigler Early Origins



The surname Bigler was first found in the counties of Cork and Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where they held considerable territories as an important Irish sept directly descended from the line of the Heber Irish Kings.

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Bigler Spelling Variations


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Bigler Spelling Variations



The archives that survive today demonstrate the difficulty experienced by the scribes of the Middle Ages in their attempt to record these names in writing. Spelling variations of the name Bigler dating from that time include Begley, Beegley, Beeghley, Begly, Begeley, Begely, Beagley and many more.

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Bigler Early History


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Bigler Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bigler research. Another 429 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1732, and 1890 are included under the topic Early Bigler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bigler Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bigler Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bigler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



A massive wave of Irish immigrants hit North America during the 19th century. Although many early Irish immigrants made a carefully planned decision to leave left Ireland for the promise of free land, by the 1840s immigrants were fleeing a famine stricken land in desperation. The condition of Ireland during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s can be attributed to a rapidly expanding population and English imperial policies. Those Irish families that arrived in North America were essential to its rapid social, industrial, and economic development. Passenger and immigration lists have revealed a number of early Irish immigrants bearing the name Bigler:

Bigler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Paul Linsen Bigler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Andreas Bigler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Anna Bigler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Elizabeth Bigler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Maria Bigler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bigler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A Bigler, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • John Nicholas Bigler, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870
  • Josef Bigler, aged 2, arrived in New York, NY in 1893
  • Julia Bigler, aged 2, landed in Kansas in 1893
  • Katharine Bigler, aged 4, landed in Kansas in 1893
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bigler (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bigler (post 1700)



  • John Bigler (1805-1871), American lawyer, politician and diplomat, 9th United States Ambassador to Chile (1857-1861), 3rd Governor of California (1852-1856)
  • William Bigler (1814-1880), American politician, 12th Governor of Pennsylvania from 1852 to 1855
  • William B. Bigler, American politician, Independent Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate 28th District, 1886
  • Warren Bigler, American Republican politician, Indiana State Auditor, 1905-06
  • James Bigler, American Democrat politician, Member of Illinois Democratic State Committee, 1848-52
  • Charles F. Bigler, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Onondaga County 1st District, 1934, 1935
  • Charles F. Bigler, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Chautauqua County 2nd District, 1911
  • Chris Bigler (b. 1949), Swiss retired businessman and poker player, as of 2015, his total live tournament winnings exceed $1,425,000
  • Milo Bigler (b. 1914), Swiss Olympic skeleton racer

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Bigler Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    4. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    9. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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    The Bigler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bigler 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.

    This page was last modified on 17 March 2016 at 16:12.

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