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The history of the Riggins family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living 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 Riggins comes from the Old English word rigge, or the Old English word hrycg, both of which mean ridge. The earliest recorded members of the Riggins family lived in Lancashire.

Riggins Early Origins



The surname Riggins 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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Riggins Spelling Variations


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Riggins Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Riggins include Rigge, Rigg, Riggs and others.

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Riggins Early History


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Riggins Early History



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

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Riggins Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Riggins Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Riggins In Ireland


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Riggins In Ireland



Some of the Riggins 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



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Riggins or a variant listed above: 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 Riggins (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Riggins (post 1700)



  • Mark Alan Riggins (b. 1957), American Major League Baseball pitching coach for the Chicago Cubs
  • Karriem Riggins (b. 1975), American jazz drummer
  • Robert John Riggins (b. 1949), nicknamed "The Diesel", former American NFL football running back
  • M. C. Riggins, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Broome County 2nd District, 1937
  • Jimmy W. Riggins, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 2008
  • J. W. Riggins, American politician, Mayor of Waco, Texas, 1900-02, 1914-15
  • E. Frank Riggins, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Hampton, Virginia, 1968-72 (acting, 1968)
  • Carl Riggins, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1928
  • Patrick Michael Riggins (b. 1959), retired former National Hockey League goaltender

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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. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    5. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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    The Riggins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Riggins 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 17 November 2016 at 03:30.

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