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The name Bignall is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in one of two places. Some bearers of the surname Bignall derive their name from the parish of Bickenhill, which lies seven miles from Birmingham in the county of Warwickshire. Other members of the family come from the parish of Bickenhall, otherwise known as Bicknell, which is near Taunton in the county of Somerset.

Bignall Early Origins



The surname Bignall was first found in Somerset and Warwickshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Bignall Spelling Variations


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Bignall Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Bignall has been spelled many different ways, including Bicknell, Bicknall, Bickenell, Bickenall, Bickenhall, Bickwell, Bignell, Bignall, Bignold, Bicknoll, Bignal, Bignel, Bignoll and many more.

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Bignall Early History


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Bignall Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bignall research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 194 and 1948 are included under the topic Early Bignall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bignall Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bignall Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bignall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Bignalls to arrive in North America:

Bignall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Bignall settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants
  • Rebecca Bignall, aged 29, arrived in Virginia in 1683

Bignall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Bignall, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Thomas Bignall, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • George Bignall settled in New England in 1768

Bignall Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Charles Bignall was a fisherman of Change Islands, Newfoundland, in 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Bignall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Bignall arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1846
  • George Bignall, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Carnatic"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bignall (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bignall (post 1700)



  • S. L. Bignall, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1896
  • Burnett B. Bignall, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Tioga County, 1871
  • Thomas Bignall (1842-1898), English cricketer who played first-class matches for Nottinghamshire
  • Nicholas Colin Bignall (b. 1990), English footballer
  • Bob "Choc" Bignall (b. 1922), Australian football captain at the 1956 Olympic Games

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. 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).
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. 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.
  5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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The Bignall Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bignall 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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