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The surname Wiffen was first found in Prussia, where the name emerged in medieval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wiff, Whiff, Wiffen, Whiffen, Wiffin, Whiffin and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wiffen research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wiffen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Wiffen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wiffen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • William Wiffen was registered in Bonavista in 1828

Wiffen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Henry Wiffen arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1867

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  • Joan Wiffen CBE (1922-2009), New Zealand amateur paleontologist who discovered the first dinosaur fossils in New Zealand


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  6. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
  7. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  8. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
  9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  10. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
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