In the Middle Ages, the first family to use the Bygis surname took the name from a place name with Viking roots. 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 Bygis family
The surname Bygis 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 Bygis family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bygis 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 Bygis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bygis Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages, no real standards were established to judge the accuracy of spelling and translation. They were done mostly by ear and intuition, and enormous numbers of spelling variations
were the unsurprising result. Bygis has appeared as Biggar, Bigare, Bigger, Bigir, Bygar, McGivern, Bigger and many more.
Early Notables of the Bygis family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bygis family to Ireland
Some of the Bygis 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 Bygis family to the New World and Oceana
North America was far from Britain's oppressive monarchy. There, the Scottish found land and freedom, and many even the opportunity to pay back England
in the American War of Independence
. This brave heritage survives today largely in Clan
societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Bygis family in North America: Gilbert Bigger who settled in Baltimore in 1754; David Bigger settled in New Hampshire
in 1718; James Biggart settled in Pennsylvania in 1772.