Rigbie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Rigbie name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in the parish of Rigsby in the county of Lincolnshire. Rigbie 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 Rigbie family

The surname Rigbie 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 Rigbie family

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

Rigbie Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Rigbie has undergone many spelling variations, including Rigbye, Rigbie, Rigby and others.

Early Notables of the Rigbie 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 Rigbie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Rigbie family

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Rigbie were among those contributors: 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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