Rigbay is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in the parish of Rigsby in the county of Lincolnshire
. Rigbay is a habitation
name which forms a broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. Habitiation
names were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads and indicated where a man held his land and estates.
Early Origins of the Rigbay family
The surname Rigbay was first found in Lincolnshire
at Rigsby listed in the Domesday Book
as Rigesbi and Righesbi, land held by the Archbishop of York. Herbert the archbishop's man held one plough, three villans and four boarders with two oxen. In total it comprised ninety acres of pasture and sixty acres of woodland. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Today the village is part of the civil parish of Rigsby with Ailby in the East Lindsey district.
Early History of the Rigbay family
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Rigbay 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 Rigbay family name include Rigbye, Rigbie, Rigby and others.
Early Notables of the Rigbay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rigbay family to Ireland
Some of the Rigbay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 78 words (6 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 Rigbay 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 Rigbay surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Robert, Dorothy and Roger Rigby, who all settled in Virginia in 1638; John Rigby, who settled in Virginia in 1737; Joe Rigby, who settled in Georgia in 1737.