Byggerstath History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Byggerstath name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in or near the village of Bickerstaffe, which was located near Ormskirk in the county of Lancashire. "In 1066 Bickerstaffe, under the name of Achetun, was one of the manors of Uctred, lord of Roby." [1] One of the first records of the family was Adam de Bickerstath whose son Ralph, held manor in 1212. "Adam de Bickerstath's name frequently appears in charters and other public acts of the time." [1]

Early Origins of the Byggerstath family

The surname Byggerstath was first found in Lancashire, at Bickerstaffe, a village and civil parish in the West Lancashire district. The village dates back to at least the 12th century when it was listed as Bikerstad and literally meant "landing place of the bee-keepers" from the Old English words bicere + staeth. [2] However, another reference claims the name came from the Old English word "bicker," meaning to skirmish or contend, as in bicker-staff, a weapon analogous to a quarter-staff. [3] This latter interpretation only occurs once through our research library and is mentioned here for reference purposes only as the former interpretation is more likely.

Important Dates for the Byggerstath family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Byggerstath research. Another 48 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1639, 1714, 1685, 1713 and are included under the topic Early Byggerstath History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Byggerstath 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 Byggerstath has undergone many spelling variations, including Bickerstaffe, Bickerstaff, Bickerstath, Bickerstathe, Bickersteth and many more.

Early Notables of the Byggerstath family (pre 1700)

Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Byggerstath Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Byggerstath family to Ireland

Some of the Byggerstath family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 83 words (6 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 Byggerstath family

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 Byggerstath were among those contributors: Sarah Bickerstaff who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682.

Citations

  1. ^ 'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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