Riggs History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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 derived 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.

Early Origins of the Riggs family

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.

Important Dates for the Riggs family

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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.

Early Notables of the Riggs family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Robert Rigge, Rygge or Rugge (died 1410), English Chancellor of the University of Oxford, a native of Devonshire, and possibly a relative of Thomas de Bitton, bishop of Exeter. Ambrose Rigg or Rigge (1635-1705), was an English Quaker, born at Brampton in Westmorland. He and his companion Thomas Robertson went to Rochester, where...
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Migration of the Riggs family to Ireland

Some of the Riggs family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Riggs migration to the United States

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 [1]
  • Richard Riggs, who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Richard Riggs, who landed in Virginia in 1645 [1]
  • John Riggs, who settled in Jamaica in 1661
  • Francis Riggs, who landed in Maryland in 1663 [1]
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Riggs Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Abraham Riggs, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [1]
  • Martha Riggs, who arrived in Virginia in 1713 [1]
  • William Riggs, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1746 [1]

Riggs migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Riggs Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Riggs, aged 37, a shepherd, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett" [2]
  • Andrew Riggs, aged 48, a shepherd, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"
  • Henry John Riggs, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"
  • John Andrew Riggs, aged 15, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"
  • Thomas Riggs, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"
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Riggs migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Riggs Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Amelia Thomasina Riggs, (b. 1859), aged 1 month, English settler, from Middlesex travelling from London aboard the ship "Robert Small" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 29th January 1860 [3]
  • Mrs. Mary Ann Riggs, (b. 1824), aged 35, English settler, from Middlesex travelling from London aboard the ship "Robert Small" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 29th January 1860 [3]
  • Mr. Andrew Cooper Riggs, (b. 1830), aged 29, English carpenter, from Middlesex travelling from London aboard the ship "Robert Small" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 29th January 1860 [3]
  • Mr. Andrew Cooper Riggs, (b. 1852), aged 7, English settler, from Middlesex travelling from London aboard the ship "Robert Small" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 29th January 1860 [3]
  • Mr. Arthur George Riggs, (b. 1853), aged 6, English settler, from Middlesex travelling from London aboard the ship "Robert Small" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 29th January 1860 [3]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Riggs (post 1700)

  • Robert Larimore "Bobby" Riggs (1918-1995), American tennis player, former World No. 1 and the co-World No. 1 amateur player in the 1940s, perhaps best remembered for his challenge match against Billie Jean King in 1973, one of the most famous tennis events of all time
  • Chandler Riggs (d. 1999), American actor, known for his role as Carl Grimes on The Walking Dead
  • Ransom Riggs (b. 1979), American writer and filmmaker best known for the book Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  • Frank Riggs (b. 1950), American former law enforcement officer, charter school executive, and politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California (1995-1999)
  • 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
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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Friday 29 April 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Marshall Bennett 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marshallbennett1853.shtml.
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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