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. 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 Rigbee family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rigbee research.Another 134 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1570, 1600, 1620, 1694 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Rigbee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rigbee 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)
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Migration of the Rigbee family to Ireland
Some of the Rigbee 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 Rigbee family to the New World and Oceana
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 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)