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An ancient Scottish people known as the Picts were the forefathers of the Wergin family. Wergin is a name for a laborer. The surname Wergin comes from the Old English word work, or weorc, both of which mean "work." In the Middle Ages, the word workman was also applied to ambidextrous people as a nickname. The more common derivation, however, is the occupational one, which was a name given to a laborer.

Wergin Early Origins



The surname Wergin was first found in the Orkneys, were they held a family seat from very ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066. The name is believed to be derived from the lands of Work, from the parish of St. Ola.

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Wergin Spelling Variations


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Wergin Spelling Variations



Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name Wergin include Workman, Wortman, Wartman, Wergman, Wirgman and others.

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Wergin Early History


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Wergin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wergin research. Another 246 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1563 is included under the topic Early Wergin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wergin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wergin Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Wergin In Ireland


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Wergin In Ireland



Some of the Wergin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Wergin: Richard Workman settled in Virginia in 1648; John Workman settled in Virginia in 1653; William Workman settled in Virginia in 1655; Samuel Workeman settled in Maryland in 1680..

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wergin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wergin (post 1700)



  • Betsy Wergin, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 2008

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    2. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    8. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

    The Wergin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wergin 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.

    This page was last modified on 27 October 2015 at 13:41.

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