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Early Origins of the Figg family

The surname Figg was first found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Figg family

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Figg Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Figg have been found, including Figg, Figgiss, Figgess, Figgins, Figgin, Figges, Figgess, Figgs, Fig, Fyge, Fygg, Fygge, Ficke, Feek and many more.

Early Notables of the Figg family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include James Figg (1695-1734), English bare-knuckle boxer, generally agreed first English bare-knuckle boxing champion, reigning from 1719 to 1730 or 1734...
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United States Figg migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Figg, or a variant listed above:

Figg Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Figg, who landed in Virginia in 1636 [1]
  • Jon Figg, who arrived in Virginia in 1643 [1]
Figg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Figg, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States from Wimbledon, in 1899
Figg Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William Henry Figg, aged 41, who settled in America from London, in 1903
  • E. Figg, aged 42, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Gertrude Anne Figg, aged 33, who landed in America from Deal, Kent, England, in 1910
  • Clifford Henry Figg, aged 34, who landed in America from London, England, in 1924

Australia Figg migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Figg Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Figg, (b. 1799), aged 24, English tailor who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Commodore Hayes" in April 1823, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1867 [2]
  • Henry Figg, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837 [3]
  • Sarah Figg, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1840 [4]
  • John Figg, aged 25, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Punjab"

New Zealand Figg 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:

Figg Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr Figg, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Antilla
  • Mr. Figg, British settler travelling from Cape of Good Hope, South Africa aboard the ship "Antilla" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 8th December 1841 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Figg (post 1700) +

  • William Douglas Figg Sr. (b. 1963), American pharmacologist at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda
  • Jonathan David Figg (b. 1975), British-born, American film director, writer and producer, born on the Isle of Sheppey
  • Eugene C. Figg (1936-2002), American structural engineer, known for his Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Linn Cove Viaduct and Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge
  • John R Figg (1900-1974), American businessman involved in the food distribution industry in Bloomington
  • George Figg (1824-1888), English cricketer from Horsham, Sussex
  • Christopher Figg (b. 1957), English film producer from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
  • James Figg, English fencer/pugilist
  • Cindy Figg Currier (b. 1960), American professional golfer

HMS Royal Oak
  • Joseph Figg, British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [6]

  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. Convict Records of Australia. Retrieved 4th March 2021 from
  3. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from
  4. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1840. Retrieved from
  5. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  6. Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from on Facebook