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The origins of the Riggs name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Riggs was originally derived from a family having 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 Riggs comes from the Old English word rigge, or the Old English word hrycg, both of which mean ridge. The earliest recorded members of the Riggs family lived in Lancashire.

Riggs Early Origins



The surname Riggs 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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Riggs Spelling Variations


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Riggs Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Riggs include Rigge, Rigg, Riggs and others.

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Riggs Early History


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Riggs Early History



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

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Riggs Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Riggs Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Riggs In Ireland


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Riggs In Ireland



Some of the Riggs 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



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Riggs Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Riggs, who arrived in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1633
  • Richard Riggs settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Richard Riggs, who landed in Virginia in 1645
  • John Riggs settled in Jamaica in 1661
  • Francis Riggs, who landed in Maryland in 1663
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Riggs Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Abraham Riggs, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Martha Riggs, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
  • William Riggs, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1746

Riggs Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Riggs, aged 37, a shepherd, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett"
  • Andrew Riggs, aged 48, a shepherd, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"
  • Henry John Riggs, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"
  • John Andrew Riggs, aged 15, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"
  • Thomas Riggs, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Riggs (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Riggs (post 1700)



  • Lieutenant General John M. Riggs, retired United States Army American Army general, recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross
  • George Washington Riggs (1813-1881), American businessman and banker, known as "The President's Banker"
  • Thomas Christmas Riggs Jr. (1873-1945), American politician and governor of Alaska
  • Scott Riggs (b. 1971), American race car driver
  • Jim Riggs (b. 1941), American saxophonist
  • Jerry Riggs (b. 1956), American rock musician, founder of the band Riggs
  • Elmer S. Riggs (1869-1963), American paleontologist
  • Dudley Riggs (b. 1932), American comedian
  • Dax David Riggs (b. 1973), American musician
  • Frank Riggs (b. 1950), Californian politician
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Riggs


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Suggested Readings for the name Riggs



  • Genealogical Notes on a Branch of the Family of Mayes by Edward Mayes.
  • More About the Riggs Family, 1590-1973 by Clara Nichols Duggan.

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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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Riggs Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    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. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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    The Riggs Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Riggs 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 2 April 2016 at 09:54.

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