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Bigby Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Lincolnshire named Bigby, from an Old Norse personal name Bekki + Old Norse býr ‘settlement’, ‘farmstead’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Bilby, Bagby, Digby, Rigby, Bielby, Wisby, Filby, Busby, Wilby, Milby

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Where is the Bigby family from?

You can see how Bigby families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bigby family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bigby families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 3 Bigby families living in South Carolina. This was about 30% of all the recorded Bigby's in the USA. South Carolina had the highest population of Bigby families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bigby surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bigby ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bigby. 28% of Bigby men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Bigby women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bigby were Labor and Maid.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Labor

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Seamstress
  • Cook
  • Maid
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Census Records

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Bigby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bigby census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 390 immigration records available for the last name Bigby. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 958 military records available for the last name Bigby. For the veterans among your Bigby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bigby lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Bigby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Bigby in 1948 was 46, and 71 in 2004.

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