The Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought many new words to England
from which surnames were formed. Bygges was one of these new Norman names. It was specifically tailored to its first bearer, who was a large, stout, or strong man. The name is Old Norse in origin, and stems from the Old English root bigge.
Early Origins of the Bygges family
The surname Bygges was first found in Essex
, where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Bygges family
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Bygges Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Biggs, Bigg, Big, Bigge, Byggs, Bygges, Bigges and others.
Early Notables of the Bygges family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bygges family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bygges or a variant listed above: William Bigg who settled in Maryland in 1774; John Bigg settled in Virginia in 1653; Thomas Bigge settled in Barbados in 1681; Mary Bigges settled in Salem Mass in 1630.