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BIGHAM Family History

This interesting surname, with variant spellings Biggam, Beigham, Begem, Bigholm(s) etc., is of Scottish locational origin from the old forty shilling lands of Bigholm in Ayshire and Dumfriesshire. The component elements of the name are the Old Norse "big" from "bygg" meaning "barley" or the Old Danish personal byname Bekki, large or stout, plus the Old Danish "holm", a small island or piece of land surrounded by streams. The surname was first recorded in the early part of the 15th Century, (see below).

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