Bygrave History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The origins of the Bygrave name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in Hertfordshire, where they held lands and a family seat at Bygrave. Originally the surname was derived from the Old English word biggrafau which meant dweller by the ditch. This name is a toponymic, surname, which is derived from nearby geographical features.

Early Origins of the Bygrave family

The surname Bygrave was first found in Hertfordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Bygrave in that shire. The name in Saxon was "Biggrafan" having nothing to do with the grave or being by a grave. Before the Norman Conquest Leommaer Bygrave held a family seat at Bygrave in the year 1015, and most likely gave his name to the village of that name. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book the Bygraves held their land which consisted of a village and a mill from the Bishop of Chester.

Important Dates for the Bygrave family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bygrave research. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1312, 1586, 1643, 1610 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Bygrave History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bygrave Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bygrave were recorded, including Bygrove, Bygroves, Bygrave, Bygraves, Bigrove, Bigroves, Bigrave, Bigraves, Bargrave and many more.

Early Notables of the Bygrave family (pre 1700)

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Bygrave migration to the United States

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bygrave family emigrate to North America:

Bygrave Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth Bygrave who landed in Virginia in 1624
  • Elizabeth Bygrave, who arrived in Virginia in 1624-1625 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bygrave (post 1700)

  • William D Bygrave, American Professor at the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Babson College (1985-), director (1993-1999)
  • Adam Michael Bygrave (b. 1989), English footballer
  • Captain L. G. Bygrave, Royal Air Force officer who invented the Bygrave slide rule
  • Rose Bygrave (b. 1955), Australian singer/songwriter

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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