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Where did the English Wiggan family come from? What is the English Wiggan family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wiggan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wiggan family history?

The ancient and distinguished surname Wiggan indicates "son of Wigand," a personal name derived from the Breton name "Wiucon," meaning "high and noble." This name was introduced into England at the time of the Norman Conquest of 1066.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Wiggin, Wiggins, Wigan, Wigans, Wiegand, Wigand, Wigens and many more.

First found in the county of Cambridgeshire, where one named Wighen was listed in the Domesday Book in 1086. Another early bearer of the name was Radulfus filius Wigein, who was living in Leicestershire in 1163. Hereditary surnames were first used in England by the higher classes as a mark of distinction, but were later adopted by poorer people as well. Family names were standard in England by the 14th century, by which time the Wiggan family had already grown into several notable and distinguished houses, having been granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wiggan research. Another 211 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1279, 1379, 1592, 1667, 1633, 1637, 1696 and 1739 are included under the topic Early Wiggan History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 57 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wiggan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Wiggan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 81 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wiggan Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Fra Wiggan, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • William Wiggan, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682

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  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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The Wiggan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wiggan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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