My name is Alon Eliya Bigler and I am from Israel.
Even though I am 36 years old - I have only now discovered that Bigler is quite a known family/surname in the world. However I know almost nothing about it.
The Bigler name is not very common in Israel. From what I know only my family and maybe another one is on the phonebook.
My knowledge of my family origins are sort of cut by the holocaust.
My grandfather Jonah Bigler immigrated to Israel from Polad after the holocaust. But other than that I know nothing about our geneology. My middle name Eliya is after his brothrs name Eliyahu Bigler
A quick search on the web shows me that Bigler is originally an Irish name?...
I have many many questions about that:
1. Does any body know how this name became Jewish? and how it rolled to us?
2. Are all Bigler origins the same? Because I also found that Bigler is a french word for "one who squints", and was once told by my late grandmother that Bigler in polish is "a person that irons" - so could there be several different Bigler families?
3. Jews at the diaspora used to "adopt" non jewish names sometimes in order to hide their Jewish ancestry. Could Bigler be one of those "borrowed/bought" names? And orginally we are not Bigler at all?
I would love to know if anyone has any information - I would love to know where me and my family truly come from.