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Where did the Scottish Bigger family come from? What is the Scottish Bigger family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bigger family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bigger family history?The ancestors of the Bigger family may have been Viking settlers. Their surname comes from a place name of Norse origins, from when they lived in east Lanarkshire, in a place probably named from the Old Norse words "bygg," meaning "barley," and "geiri," denoting a triangular plot of land.
Standards against which to judge the accuracy of spellings and translations did not yet exist in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations in names dating from that era, are thus, an extremely common occurrence. Bigger has been recorded as Biggar, Bigare, Bigger, Bigir, Bygar, McGivern, Bigger and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bigger research. Another 240 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1153, 1160, 1174, 1292, 1329, 1368, and 1614 are included under the topic Early Bigger History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Bigger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Bigger family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 272 words(19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The New World was far from the oppressive regime of the old country. It was a place where there was more land than people and political and religious freedom were far easier to come by. Many Scots even got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. In recent years, interest in this heritage has been generated by Clan societies and regular highland games in North America. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Bigger name:
Bigger Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Bigger Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Bigger Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Bigger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bigger 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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