personal name derived from the Breton name "Wiucon," meaning "high and noble." CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) This name was introduced into England at the time of the Norman Conquest of 1066.Singlular forms of the name were still found in Normandy as late as 1198: Radulphus Wigan; and Richard Wiguen. CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Early Origins of the Wigan family
Cambridgeshire, where one named Wighen CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8) was listed in the Domesday Book in 1086. Another early bearer of the name was Radulfus filius Wigein, who was living in Leicestershire in 1163. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) Hereditary surnames were first used in England by the higher classes as a mark of distinction, but were later adopted by poorer people as well. Family names were standard in England by the 14th century, by which time the Wigan family had already grown into several notable and distinguished houses, having been granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Wigan family
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Wigan Spelling Variations
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Early Notables of the Wigan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wigan family to Ireland
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Migration of the Wigan family to the New World and Oceana
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Wigan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Wigan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Wigan (post 1700)
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