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The ancient and distinguished surname Wigen indicates "son of Wigand," a personal name derived from the Breton name "Wiucon," meaning "high and noble." [1]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. [2]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 Wigen family


The surname Wigen was first found in the county of Cambridgeshire, where one named Wighen [3]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. [4]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 Wigen 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.

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Early History of the Wigen family

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Early History of the Wigen family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wigen research.
Another 236 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1279, 1379, 1592, 1667, 1633, 1637, 1696 and 1739 are included under the topic Early Wigen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wigen Spelling Variations

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Wigen Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Wiggin, Wiggins, Wigan, Wigans, Wiegand, Wigand, Wigens and many more.

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Early Notables of the Wigen family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Wigen family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Wigen family to Ireland

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Migration of the Wigen family to Ireland


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Migration of the Wigen family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Wigen family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Captain Thomas Wiggin (1592-1667), who came to New England in 1630 and became the first Governor of the Upper Plantation of New Hampshire; Katherine Wiggin, who sailed to Boston in 1633.

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  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

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