Origins Available: English
The Bygod family has descended through the lines of the ancient Normans
that came to England
following their Conquest of England
in 1066. The Bygod name reveals that an early member was a Norman or an excessively religious person. Normans
were referred to as Bigots by the French, although the meaning of the word is unknown. After the 15th century, a nickname
adapted from the phrase by God
took on the form Bigot.
There is some suggestion that the name in Normandy
had been Wigot, and there was a line descended from Wigot de St.Denis, a great nobleman of Normandy
Early Origins of the Bygod family
The surname Bygod was first found in Essex
at Dunmow and Finchingfield, where they were granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. Roger Bigod is also listed in Domesday Book; he was a Sheriff, with large land holdings in Essex
. Marston-Biggott in Somerset
was an ancient family seat
. "This place derives the affix to its name from the Bigott family, to whom the manor for several centuries belonged, and the site of whose ancient mansion is still marked by the moat." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Bygod family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bygod research.Another 399 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1096, 1095, 1177, 1182, 1225, 1266, 1107, 1144, 1150, 1221, 1209, 1270, 1245, 1306, 1066, 1166, 1227, 1214, 1522, 1150, 1220 and 1298 are included under the topic Early Bygod History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bygod Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bygod family name include Bigot, Bigode, Bygod, Begod, Bigod, Wigot, Bidgood and many more.
Early Notables of the Bygod family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Roger le Bigod (1150-1220), son of Hugh Bigod, 2nd Earl of Norfolk
, who was recorded on the Falkirk Roll. This... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bygod Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bygod family to Ireland
Some of the Bygod family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 90 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 Bygod family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Bygod family to immigrate North America: Richard Bidgood who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1638; and V. Bigot who settled in San Francisco Cal. in 1851. In Newfoundland, Benjamin Bidgood was a juror in St. John's in 1751.