Biggar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancestors of the Biggar family may have been Viking settlers. Their surname comes from a place name of Norse origins, from when they lived in east Lanarkshire, in a place probably named from the Old Norse words "bygg," meaning "barley," and "geiri," denoting a triangular plot of land.

Early Origins of the Biggar family

The surname Biggar was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Biggar family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Biggar research. Another 160 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1153, 1160, 1174, 1292, 1329, 1368, and 1614 are included under the topic Early Biggar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Biggar Spelling Variations

Standards against which to judge the accuracy of spellings and translations did not yet exist in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations in names dating from that era, are thus, an extremely common occurrence. Biggar has been recorded as Biggar, Bigare, Bigger, Bigir, Bygar, McGivern, Bigger and many more.

Early Notables of the Biggar family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Biggar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Biggar family to Ireland

Some of the Biggar family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 68 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Biggar migration to the United States

The New World was far from the oppressive regime of the old country. It was a place where there was more land than people and political and religious freedom were far easier to come by. Many Scots even got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. In recent years, interest in this heritage has been generated by Clan societies and regular highland games in North America. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Biggar name:

Biggar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George D Biggar, who arrived in Mississippi in 1837 [1]

Biggar migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Biggar Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Biggar, Scottish settler from Arbroath travelling from Leith aboard the ship 'Melbourne' arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 18th March 1861 [2]
  • Mrs. Biggar, Scottish settler from Arbroath travelling from Leith with 3 sons and daughter aboard the ship 'Melbourne' arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 18th March 1861 [2]
  • Miss Biggar, Scottish settler from Arbroath travelling from Leith aboard the ship 'Melbourne' arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 18th March 1861 [2]
  • Mr. William Biggar, (b. 1841), aged 21, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Edward Thornhill" arriving in Nelson, South Island, New Zealand in 1862 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Biggar (post 1700)

  • John Biggar, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 10th District, 1980 [3]
  • James B. Biggar, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 20th District, 1947-52
  • J. Lyon Biggar, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Belleville, 1884
  • Alastair Gourlay Biggar (1946-2016), Scotland international rugby union player who capped twelve times for Scotland
  • Ann-Maree Biggar, Australian television presenter
  • John Walter Scott Biggar (b. 1843), Ontario farmer and political figure
  • Henry Percival Biggar (1872-1938), historian and Canadian archivist
  • Herbert Biggar (1809-1892), Canadian merchant, farmer and political figure in Canada West
  • William Hodgins Biggar (1852-1922), Canadian business lawyer and political figure
  • James Lyons Biggar (1824-1879), Canadian merchant and political figure
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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