The name Rigley is an old Anglo-Saxon
name. It comes from when a family lived in a settlement called Wrigley, which experts theorize was in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The surname Rigley belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Rigley family
The surname Rigley was first found in Staffordshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Rigley family
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Rigley Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Rigley were recorded, including Wrigley, Wrigly, Rigley, Riggeley and others.
Early Notables of the Rigley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rigley family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Rigley family emigrate to North America:
Rigley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Rigley, who landed in America in 1810 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Rigley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Rigley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Calphurnia" in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CALPHURNIA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Calpurnia.htm