The ancestors of the Bikar family may have been Viking settlers. Their surname comes from a place name of Norse origins, from when they lived in east Lanarkshire
, in a place probably named from the Old Norse words "bygg," meaning "barley," and "geiri," denoting a triangular plot of land.
Early Origins of the Bikar family
The surname Bikar was first found in Lanarkshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland
, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire
, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bikar family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bikar research.Another 240 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1153, 1160, 1174, 1292, 1329, 1368, and 1614 are included under the topic Early Bikar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bikar Spelling Variations
Standards against which to judge the accuracy of spellings and translations did not yet exist in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations
in names dating from that era, are thus, an extremely common occurrence. Bikar has been recorded as Biggar, Bigare, Bigger, Bigir, Bygar, McGivern, Bigger and many more.
Early Notables of the Bikar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bikar family to Ireland
Some of the Bikar family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 272 words (19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bikar family to the New World and Oceana
The New World was far from the oppressive regime of the old country. It was a place where there was more land than people and political and religious freedom were far easier to come by. Many Scots even got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. In recent years, interest in this heritage has been generated by Clan
societies and regular highland games in North America. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Bikar name: Gilbert Bigger who settled in Baltimore in 1754; David Bigger settled in New Hampshire
in 1718; James Biggart settled in Pennsylvania in 1772.
Contemporary Notables of the name Bikar (post 1700)
- Albert Bikar, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for University of Illinois trustee, 1956