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The origins of the Rigsby name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in the parish of Rigsby in the county of Lincolnshire. Rigsby is a habitation name which forms a broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. Habitiation names were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads and indicated where a man held his land and estates.

Rigsby Early Origins



The surname Rigsby was first found in Lincolnshire at Rigsby listed in the Domesday Book as Rigesbi and Righesbi, land held by the Archbishop of York. Herbert the archbishop's man held one plough, three villans and four boarders with two oxen. In total it comprised ninety acres of pasture and sixty acres of woodland. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Today the village is part of the civil parish of Rigsby with Ailby in the East Lindsey district.

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Rigsby Spelling Variations


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Rigsby 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 Rigsby were recorded, including Rigbye, Rigbie, Rigby and others.

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Rigsby Early History


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Rigsby Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rigsby research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1620, 1694 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Rigsby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rigsby Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rigsby Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rigsby Notables 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 Rigsby family emigrate to North America:

Rigsby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Rigsby, who arrived in Virginia in 1637

Rigsby Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • James Rigsby, aged 50, who settled in America from Fealaw, Ireland, in 1906
  • Hannah Rigsby, aged 66, who emigrated to the United States from Rhonda Valley, Wales, in 1907

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rigsby (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rigsby (post 1700)



  • George P. Rigsby, American geologist on the Falkland Islands and Dependencies Aerial Survey Expedition (19561957), eponym of Rigsby Islands, Antarctica
  • Alex Rigsby (b. 1992), United States National women's gold medalist ice hockey player
  • Jim Rigsby (1923-1952), American Indy 500 racecar driver

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. 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.
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. 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.
  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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The Rigsby Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rigsby 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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