Waggoner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Waggoner family

The surname Waggoner was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 14th century.

Early History of the Waggoner family

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Waggoner Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Waggoner include Wagner, Waggoner, Wagoner, Waggener, Wagener, Wiggoner, Wigoner and many more.

Early Notables of the Waggoner family (pre 1700)

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Waggoner Ranking

In the United States, the name Waggoner is the 2,531st most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name. [1]


United States Waggoner migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Waggoner were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Waggoner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Melker Waggoner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [2]
  • Christopher Waggoner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761 [2]
  • George Waggoner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761 [2]
  • Yost Waggoner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1762 [2]
  • Ulrick Waggoner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Waggoner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Waggoner, who arrived in New York in 1800 [2]
  • Michael Waggoner, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1820 [2]
  • Joseph Waggoner, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836 [2]
  • Lutanus Waggoner, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837 [2]
  • William Waggoner, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Waggoner migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Waggoner Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Henry Waggoner U.E. who settled in Eastern District, Matilda [South Dundas], United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, Ontario c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. Jacob Waggoner Sr., U.E., (Wagoner, Wagner) who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. Richard Edward Waggoner U.E. who settled in Bear River, Digby County, Nova Scotia c. 1784 married to Anna Spring having 5 children, he died in 1806 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Waggoner (post 1700) +

  • Daniel Waggoner (1828-1902), early American settler from Lincoln County, Tennessee who became a rancher and businessman in Texas, founder of Waggoner Ranch, which spanned eight counties
  • William Thomas Waggoner (1852-1934), American rancher, oilman, banker, horsebreeder and philanthropist, owner of the Waggoner Ranch, where he found oil in 1903
  • Lyle Wesley Waggoner (1935-2020), American actor and former model, known for his work on The Carol Burnett Show (1967-1974) and for his role as Steve Trevor on Wonder Woman (1975-1979)
  • Tim Waggoner, American author of numerous novels, two short story collections
  • Jeff Waggoner, American college baseball coach, current head coach of the Marshall Thundering Herd baseball team
  • James Thomas "Jabo" Waggoner (b. 1937), American politician, Majority Leader of the Alabama Senate (2010-2014)
  • Guy Waggoner (1883-1950), American rancher and business executive who inherited one quarter of the Waggoner Ranch
  • Ellet Joseph "E.J." Waggoner (1855-1916), American Seventh-day Adventist
  • Electra Waggoner (1882-1925), American rancher and socialite from Texas, heiress to the Waggoner Ranch, eponym of Electra, Texas
  • E. Paul Waggoner (1889-1967), American rancher and horsebreeder from Texas, son of William Thomas Waggoner
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Waggoner +

  • The Descendants of Michael Wagoner, ca. 1774-1826 by Margaret M. Wagner.

  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X


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