Rigbey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Rigbey comes from when the family resided in the parish of Rigsby in the county of Lincolnshire. Rigbey 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 Rigbey family

The surname Rigbey 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. [1] Today the village is part of the civil parish of Rigsby with Ailby in the East Lindsey district.

Early History of the Rigbey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rigbey 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 Rigbey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rigbey Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Rigbey has been recorded under many different variations, including Rigbye, Rigbie, Rigby and others.

Early Notables of the Rigbey 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...
Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rigbey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Rigbey family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Rigbey or a variant listed above: 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.



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)


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