The Bigrove name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from 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 Bigrove family
The surname Bigrove 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 Bigrove family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bigrove research.Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1312, 1610 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Bigrove History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bigrove Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Bigrove has undergone many spelling variations
, including Bygrove, Bygroves, Bygrave, Bygraves, Bigrove, Bigroves, Bigrave, Bigraves, Bargrave and many more.
Early Notables of the Bigrove family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bigrove family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Bigrove were among those contributors: Elizabeth Bygrave who landed in Virginia in 1624.