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The name Rigg is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in Cumberland and Lancashire. This local name was dervided from the local at the ridge or near a ridge. There are a variety of types of local surnames, some of which include: topographic surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. The surname Rigg comes from the Old English word rigge, or the Old English word hrycg, both of which mean ridge. The earliest recorded members of the Rigg family lived in Lancashire.

Rigg Early Origins



The surname Rigg was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Rigg Spelling Variations


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Rigg Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Rigg were recorded, including Rigge, Rigg, Riggs and others.

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Rigg Early History


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Rigg Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rigg research. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 156 and 1567 are included under the topic Early Rigg History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rigg Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rigg Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rigg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rigg In Ireland


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Rigg In Ireland



Some of the Rigg family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Rigg family emigrate to North America:

Rigg Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Alice Rigg, who landed in Virginia in 1665
  • William Rigg, who settled in New Jersey in 1685 along with Eupham
  • William Rigg, who landed in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1685

Rigg Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jane Rigg, who landed in Virginia in 1714

Rigg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Rigg, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1828
  • Edward Corner Rigg, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906

Rigg Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Rigg arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Countess of Yarborough" in 1850

Rigg Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Rigg arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rigg (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rigg (post 1700)



  • John D. Rigg, American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Preston County, 1877, 1883-84; Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1900
  • Ernest H. Rigg, American Republican politician, Mayor of Woodbury, New Jersey, 1929-30
  • Archie Rigg (1872-1951), English rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the late 1890s
  • Clement Rigg (1899-1966), English professional footballer
  • Sean Michael Rigg (b. 1988), English footballer
  • James Harrison Rigg (1821-1909), English minister
  • Dame Enid Diana Rigg DBE (b. 1938), English actress, best known for her portrayal of Emma Peel in The Avengers
  • Richard Rigg (1872-1964), Canadian minister and politician
  • Rebecca Rigg (b. 1967), Australian actress
  • Keith Rigg (1906-1995), Australian cricketer

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Dum vivo cano
Motto Translation: While alive celebrate.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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    The Rigg Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rigg Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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