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The Anglo-Saxon name Riggin comes from the family having resided 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 Riggin comes from the Old English word rigge, or the Old English word hrycg, both of which mean ridge. The earliest recorded members of the Riggin family lived in Lancashire.

Riggin Early Origins



The surname Riggin 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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Riggin Spelling Variations


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Riggin Spelling Variations



Riggin has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Rigge, Rigg, Riggs and others.

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Riggin Early History


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Riggin Early History



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

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Riggin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Riggin Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Riggin In Ireland


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Riggin In Ireland



Some of the Riggin 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



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Riggins to arrive on North American shores: William Rigg, who settled in New Jersey in 1685; along with Eupham; John and Thomas Rigges settled in Virginia in 1663; Richard Riggs settled in Virginia in 1637.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Riggin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Riggin (post 1700)



  • William Riggin, American politician, U.S. Consul in Trieste, 1802-15
  • Lena Riggin, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1940
  • Fred L. Riggin Jr., American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1964
  • Emory B. Riggin, American politician, Member of Delaware State House of Representatives from Sussex County, 1897-98
  • Dennis Melville Riggin (1936-2016), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player who played 18 games for the Detroit Red Wings

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Suggested Readings for the name Riggin


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Suggested Readings for the name Riggin



  • Jackson: Hefton-Dobbins-Riggins/Reagon-Cooper Genealogy and Family History by Ruth Jackson Chasteen.

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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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    The Riggin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Riggin 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.

    This page was last modified on 4 April 2016 at 09:32.

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