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The ancestry of the name Bigley dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the town of Bickley in the county of Devon. This place-name is derived from the Anglo Saxon personal name Bicca meaning pickaxe, and the Old English word leigh, meaning wooded area.

Bigley Early Origins



The surname Bigley was first found in Devon, where they had been from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Bigley Spelling Variations


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Bigley Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bigley have been found, including Bickley, Bickle, Bickler, Bickleigh, Bigley, Bigly, Biglay and many more.

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Bigley Early History


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Bigley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bigley research. Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1661, 1754, 1415, 1426, 1529, 1518, 1596, 1569, 1585, 1586, 1596, 1582, 1670, 1623, 1681, 1644, 1687, 1667 and 1746 are included under the topic Early Bigley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bigley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bigley Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include John Bickley, Member of the Parliament for Huntingdon in 1415 and 1426; John Bickley, Member of the Parliament for Stafford in 1529; Thomas Bickley (1518-1596) was an English churchman, a Marian exile...

Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bigley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Bigley, or a variant listed above:

Bigley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Bigley, who arrived in Virginia in 1697

Bigley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Bigley, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1785

Bigley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • T D Bigley, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1849
  • C Bigley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Daniel Bigley arrived in Philadelphia in 1854
  • John Bigley moved to Philadelphia in 1862

Bigley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Jane Bigley, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bigley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bigley (post 1700)



  • Billy Bigley Jr. (b. 1962), American NASCAR racing driver from Naples, Florida
  • Isabel Bigley (1926-2006), American Tony Award winning actress, best known for originating the part of Sarah Brown in Frank Loesser's Guys and Dolls
  • Paul Bigley, English actor, known for his roles in Shakespeare in Love (1998), The Very Thought of You (1998) and Highlander: Endgame (2000)
  • Kenneth John Bigley (1942-2004), English civil engineer who was kidnapped in Baghdad and later killed by his captors

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    11. ...

    The Bigley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bigley 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 13 April 2016 at 07:43.

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