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The ancient roots of the Digby family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Digby comes from when the family lived at a local where someone lived by a dike or ditch.

Digby Early Origins



The surname Digby was first found in Leicestershire where the family can be "traced nearly to the Conquest, and supposed to be of Saxon origin." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
The name is actually derived from "Digby, in Lincolnshire where Aelmar, the first recorded ancestor of the Digbys, held lands in 1086." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

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Digby Spelling Variations


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Digby Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Digby has appeared include Digby, Digbie and others.

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Digby Early History


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Digby Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Digby research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1580, 1653, 1578, 1606, 1605, 1603, 1665, 1580, 1653, 1580, 1658, 1612, 1677, 1657, 1686, 1685, 1686, 1618, 1664, 1640, 1642, 1720, 1679, 1691, 1691 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Digby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Digby Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Digby Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Sir Everard Digby (1578-1606), conspirator involved in the abortive 1605 Gunpowder Plot to assassinate King James I of England and VI of Scotland and Members of the Parliament of England. He was found guilty and unremorseful, and executed as a traitor. Despite his...

Another 124 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Digby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Digby In Ireland


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Digby In Ireland



Some of the Digby family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Digby arrived in North America very early:

Digby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Digby was one of the original settlers in Maine in 1607
  • John Digby settled in Virginia in 1636
  • John Digby, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • Edward Digby, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • Robert Digby, who arrived in Virginia in 1657
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Digby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Digby, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838

Digby Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Digby, aged 33, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Sarah Digby, aged 40, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Digby (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Digby (post 1700)



  • Marie Christina Digby (b. 1983), American singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist and actress
  • James Digby, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1972
  • Dora Digby, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1972
  • Chuck Digby, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Leawood, Kansas, 1997
  • Henry Digby (b. 1793), 1st Earl Digby, 7th Baron Digby, an English peer
  • Edward Kenelm Digby (1894-1964), 11th Baron Digby, an English peer
  • Edward Henry Trafalgar Digby (1846-1920), 10th Baron Digby, an English peer
  • Edward St Vincent Digby (1809-1889), 9th Baron Digby, an English peer
  • Edward Digby (1730-1757), 6th Baron Digby, an English peer
  • Jane Elizabeth Digby (1807-1881), Lady Ellenborough, an English aristocrat
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Deo non fortuna
Motto Translation: Through God not by chance.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Digby Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Digby Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 19 April 2016 at 21:32.

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