Bigrigg is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in Hertfordshire
, where they held lands and a family seat
at Bygrave. Originally the surname was derived from the Old English word biggrafau
which meant dweller by the ditch.
This name is a toponymic,
surname, which is derived from nearby geographical features.
Early Origins of the Bigrigg family
The surname Bigrigg was first found in Hertfordshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor of Bygrave in that shire. The name in Saxon was "Biggrafan" having nothing to do with the grave or being by a grave. Before the Norman Conquest
Leommaer Bygrave held a family seat at Bygrave in the year 1015, and most likely gave his name to the village of that name. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
the Bygraves held their land which consisted of a village and a mill from the Bishop of Chester.
Early History of the Bigrigg family
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Bigrigg Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bigrigg family name include Bygrove, Bygroves, Bygrave, Bygraves, Bigrove, Bigroves, Bigrave, Bigraves, Bargrave and many more.
Early Notables of the Bigrigg family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bigrigg family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Bigrigg surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Elizabeth Bygrave who landed in Virginia in 1624.