Digsbey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Digsbey is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived at a local where someone lived by a dike or ditch.

Early Origins of the Digsbey family

The surname Digsbey was first found in Lincolnshire where the family can be "traced nearly to the Conquest, and supposed to be of Saxon origin." [1] The name is actually derived from "Digby, in Lincolnshire where Aelmar, the first recorded ancestor of the Digbys, held lands in 1086." [1]

This area continued for two centuries as a stronghold of the family as seen in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 which listed Alice de Digpeby as holding lands there at that time. [2]

"The noble family are of great antiquity in co. Warwick." [3] So as to underscore this point, we found Simon Digby listed in the Feet of Fines for Warwickshire in 1497. [4]

Important Dates for the Digsbey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Digsbey research. Another 88 words (6 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 Digsbey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Digsbey Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Digsbey are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Digsbey include: Digby, Digbie and others.

Early Notables of the Digsbey family (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 father's actions, his son Sir Kenelm Digby (1603-1665), became an English courtier and diplomat. He was also a highly reputed natural philosopher, and known as a leading Roman Catholic intellectual and Blackloist. Other notables include: John Digby...
Another 87 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Digsbey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Digsbey family to Ireland

Some of the Digsbey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 39 words (3 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 Digsbey family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Digsbey or a variant listed above: Charles Digby who settled in Montserrat in 1663; Edward Digby was one of the original settlers in Maine in 1607; John Digby settled in Jamaica in 1661.

Citations

  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
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