name Bigroves comes from the family having resided 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 Bigroves family
The surname Bigroves 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 Bigroves family
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Bigroves Spelling Variations
Bigroves has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Bygrove, Bygroves, Bygrave, Bygraves, Bigrove, Bigroves, Bigrave, Bigraves, Bargrave and many more.
Early Notables of the Bigroves family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bigroves family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bigrovess to arrive on North American shores: Elizabeth Bygrave who landed in Virginia in 1624.