Early Origins of the Figge family
The surname Figge 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 Figge family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Figge research.Another 323 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1510, 1600, 1102, 1139, 1234, 1391, 1429, 1533, 181 , 1455, 1487, 1695, 1734, 1719, 1730, 1734 and 1992 are included under the topic Early Figge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Figge Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Figge family name include Figg, Figgiss, Figgess, Figgins, Figgin, Figges, Figgess, Figgs, Fig, Fyge, Fygg and many more.
Early Notables of the Figge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Figge family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Figge surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Figge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Lorenz Figge, aged 21, who arrived in Missouri in 1845 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Figge (post 1700)
- Elizabeth Kahl Figge, American philanthropist who through her eponymous foundation donated 13 million towards the 47 million construction of the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa
- Jennifer Figge (b. 1952), American marathon swimmer who attempted to swim from the Cape Verde Islands off Africa to Chacachacare Island in Trinidad (2,160 miles)
- Alex Figge (b. 1981), American race car driver from Davenport, Iowa
- Erika Figge (b. 1985), American gold and silver medalist water polo player