Rigbee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestry of the name Rigbee dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the parish of Rigsby in the county of Lincolnshire. Rigbee 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 Rigbee family
The surname Rigbee 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.  Today the village is part of the civil parish of Rigsby with Ailby in the East Lindsey district.
Early History of the Rigbee family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rigbee research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1570, 1600, 1594, 1650, 1620, 1694, 1659 and 1671 are included under the topic Early Rigbee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rigbee 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 Rigbee have been found, including Rigbye, Rigbie, Rigby and others.
Early Notables of the Rigbee family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Saint John Rigby (ca. 1570-1600), an English Roman Catholic martyr who was executed during the reign of Elizabeth I, one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.
Alexander Rigby (1594-1650), was an English parliamentary colonel and Baron of the Exchequer, the eldest...
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Rigbee 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 Rigbee, or a variant listed above:
Rigbee Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Rigbee, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ 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)