The name Biggs is nickname for a large or stout person, with variations recorded as Big, Bigg, Bigge, Biggs, Byggs, Bygges and Bigges. It is of Olde English pre 7th century origins. It derives from the ancient word “bigga” meaning large, and as such was both an original baptismal name, and later in the medieval period, either a nickname surname, or possibly indicated topographic or habitational origin.
The first record of the name Biggs is found in Essex where they had been granted land by King William after the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Our line of the Biggs family can be traced back to the mid 1700’s when they were farmers in the county of Wiltshire in South West England. At this stage my research has taken me back to James Biggs (1766-1852). Described as Yeoman of Worton, parish Potterne in Wiltshire Deeds held by Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre. A yeoman was “a person qualified by possessing free land of 40/- (shillings) annual [feudal] value, and who can serve on juries.
Stephen Biggs was the first of our family to immigrate and make a new life in Australia and I have started with a more indepth look at his story.