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French baptism record of Antoine Michel Vigot, believed to be the first of this name to arrive in Jersey

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Origins of surname

This is a name with a fair degree of geographical separation in its origins. It is found in the Manche department of Normandy, Finistere, in the far west of Brittany, and in the south east of France in Burgundy. It is believed to be a phonetic variation of Bigot, an old French name for a hoe, or somebody using the tool; not to be confused with the modern word bigot, found in French and English, for someone who is holier-than-thou.

However, there is a possible further derivation in 12th century Brittany, where Normans were insultingly termed bigots because of their habit of swearing bi got, = 'by God'.

A third explanation is that the surname is derived from a personal name of Norse origin Vi-Gautr, or the Germanic Widgaud

Early records

The first appearance of this surname in Jersey records was the marriage in St Peter in April 1818 of Antoine Marie Vigot to Jeanneton Betthe Simon, followed by the baptism of their daughter Marie in St Mary seven months later


  • Vigot
  • Vigo
  • Vigott

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Great War service

Sons of Philippe Francois Vigot and Eliza Jane, nee Buesnel


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Notes and references

  1. CIGWSG digital roll of honour refers to two brothers serving at the front. It seems unlikely that this includes Philip Francis, below
  2. First cousin of above
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