Wigger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Wigger surname comes from the Old English words "wicga," meaning a "bug," and " leah," meaning a clearing in the woods. There are several places in England named from these words, such as Wigley in Derbyshire, Wigley, Shropshire, Wigley Cross in Dorset, and Wigley in Hampshire; the surname may have been a habitational name, taken on from one of these place names.

Early Origins of the Wigger family

The surname Wigger was first found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat at Brampton during the reign of king Edward III (ruled 1327-1377). 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 year 1328 when they held a family seat in Brampton in that shire.

Important Dates for the Wigger family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wigger research. Another 164 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1683, 1776, and 1795 are included under the topic Early Wigger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wigger Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wigley, Whigley, Wiggeley, Wygley, Wyggeley, Wiggerley and many more.

Early Notables of the Wigger family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Wigger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wigger migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wigger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Elis Wigger, aged 45, who arrived in America in 1839 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Wigger (post 1700)

  • Lones Wesley Wigger Jr. (1937-2017), American two-time gold medalist sports shooter from Great Falls, Montana; he also served in the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel
  • Richard A. Wigger, American Republican politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Washington County, 1964 [2]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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