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Early Origins of the Dwiggins family

The surname Dwiggins was first found in Derbyshire where the first record of the family was in the Latin form: Henry Duyhts who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls there in 1327. [1]

There is much speculation about the origin of this name. One source notes that it is a "corruption of the once common Dyot (v. Dyet and Dyson.) [2]

Another presumes that is was a "pet name of Dionisia (Greek god of wine.)" [3]

Another believes that the name was "possibly a corruption of Thwaite." [4] And finally, another source believes that the name was Norman in origin, as according to the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae, the name is "from Doit. William de Doito, Ralph, Walter, Rainald, Richard, 1185-95, in Normandy" [5]

Moving on from the aforementioned listing in 1327, fifty-two years later there was another found in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379: Magota Duyott and this source notes that "the usual form in this register of names is Dyot and Diot." [2]

John Dwight was listed in the 1524 Subsidy Rolls for Suffolk and Josiah Dwight was listed in Oxfordshire in 1665. [1]

Early History of the Dwiggins family

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Dwiggins Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dwight, Dwite, Dwit, Dweight, Dwyte, Dight and others.

Early Notables of the Dwiggins family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Dwight (1628-1703), generally considered the first distinguished English potter, his work can be found today in the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. On 3 March 1674, Dwight's six-year-old daughter Lydia died. Her statue made in 1674 entitled "Lydia Dwight Resurrected" can be found today in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London...
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Migration of the Dwiggins family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

Contemporary Notables of the name Dwiggins (post 1700) +

  • William Addison Dwiggins (1880-1956), American type designer, calligrapher, and book designer, known for his serif font Caledonia, one of the most used book text faces
  • Clare Victor Dwiggins (1874-1958), American cartoonist who signed his work Dwig; he drew Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn in 1918 and later Nipper (1931-1937)
  • Tom Dwiggins, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for North Carolina, 1996, 2000 [6]

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  4. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook