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DIGGINS Family History

This unusual name is of early medieval English origin, and is one of the patronymic surnames formed from the given name Dickin or Diggen, diminutives of Dick, itself a pet form of the male personal name Richard. This name was originally found in Anglo-Saxon England, but was popularized by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066 as "Ricard" and "Richard"; the Normans had adopted the name from the Old German "Richard", composed of the elements "ric", power, with "hard", hardy, brave, strong. The personal name appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Ricard", and the diminutive forms as "Dicun" in 1207, in Yorkshire, and as "Digge" in 1246, in Lancashire.

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