The surname Liggins was first found in Worcestershire 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Liggins research. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1510, 1585, 1600, and 1662 are included under the topic Early Liggins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Distinguished members of the family include Richard Ligon (1585?-1662), British author who lost his fortune and fled to the Barbadoes. His work, a folio with maps and... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Liggins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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:
Liggins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Mr. Frederick Liggins, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Evening Star" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 14th October 1860 
Jimmy Liggins (1918-1983), born James L. Elliott, an American R&B guitarist and bandleader; he and his brother adopted his stepfather's surname, Liggins, as children
Joseph Christopher "Joe" Liggins Jr. (1916-1987), born Theodro Elliott, an American R&B, jazz and blues pianist and vocalist, leader of Joe Liggins and his Honeydrippers, older brother of Jimmy Liggins
Granville "Granny" Liggins (b. 1946), former American football and a Canadian Football League player
DeAndre Desmond Liggins (b. 1988), American professional NBA basketball player
John Liggins (1829-1912), English Episcopalian missionary to China and Japan, the first Protestant missionary and ordained representative of Anglican Communion to reach Japan
John Granville "Jack" Liggins (1906-1976), English footballer who played professionally from 1930 through 1936
Frederick Liggins (1873-1926), New Zealand cricketer who played eight first-class matches for Otago between 1896 and 1901
Sir Graham "Mont" Collingwood Liggins CBE, FRS, FRSNZ (b. 1926), New Zealand medical scientist, a pioneer in the use of hormone injections in 1972, eponym of the Liggins Institute