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Diggins is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Diggins comes from the Norman baptismal name which means the son of Diccon, which is a diminution of the parent name, Richard. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames. Most of the early appearances of the name were found in the French form Dicon, which lingered until the 16th century.

Diggins Early Origins



The surname Diggins was first found in Staffordshire where one of the first listings of the name was Richard Dicum who listed in the Assize Rolls there in 1203. The Subsidy Rolls of Staffordshire list John Dycon in 1327. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 lists: Richard Digon in London; Roger Digun; and Alice Dikun while the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 lists: Alicia Dycon, mayden; Ricardus Dicon; and Willwlmus Diconson. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
The reader should pay special attention to the term "mayden" in the last entry as while the modern spelling is obviously "maiden," we must realize that as it was noted in the rolls, Alicia Dycon was a woman who held lands and was a person of distinction; a feat rarely seen in the 13th century! Today most of the spellings of the surname are usually seen appended with "s."

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Diggins Spelling Variations


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Diggins Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Diggins were recorded, including Dickens, Dickins, Diggons, Diggens, Diggins, Dikens, Digons, Diquon and many more.

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Diggins Early History


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Diggins Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Diggins research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1812 and 1870 are included under the topic Early Diggins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Diggins Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Diggins Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 19 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Diggins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Diggins In Ireland


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Diggins In Ireland



Some of the Diggins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 103 words (7 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



The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Diggins arrived in North America very early:

Diggins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Roger Diggins, who arrived in Maryland in 1662

Diggins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles Diggins, who landed in Virginia in 1715

Diggins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Diggins arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1849
  • William Diggins arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Boyne" in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Diggins (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Diggins (post 1700)



  • Bartholomew Diggins (1844-1917), Irish-born, United States Navy sailor and recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in the American Civil War
  • Jessica "Jessie" Diggins (b. 1991), American gold medalist cross country skier at the 203 World Championships
  • Skylar Kierra Diggins (b. 1990), American four-time gold medalist WNBA basketball player
  • W. Diggins, American politician, Member of Illinois State House of Representatives 54th District, 1855-57
  • Paul F. Diggins Jr., American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Queens County 5th District, 1954
  • Orson C. Diggins, American politician, Member of Illinois State House of Representatives 8th District, 1881-83
  • Fred A. Diggins (1862-1914), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1892, 1912; Mayor of Cadillac, Michigan, 1892-94, 1896-1900
  • Brighton Diggins (1906-1971), Australian rules footballer

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. 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. 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).
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Diggins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Diggins 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 15 January 2016 at 13:50.

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