Show ContentsWiggans History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient and distinguished surname Wiggans indicates "son of Wigand," a personal name derived from the Breton name "Wiucon," meaning "high and noble." [1] This name was introduced into England at the time of the Norman Conquest of 1066. Singular forms of the name were still found in Normandy as late as 1198: Radulphus Wigan; and Richard Wiguen. [2]

Early Origins of the Wiggans family

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

Alternatively, the family could have originated in Wigan a parish, borough, and markettown, which has separate jurisdiction, and the head of a union, chiefly in the hundred of West Derby. [5] [6] [7]

"This place is stated by Camden to have been originally called Wibiggin. The nucleus of the town is supposed by Whitaker to have been a Saxon castle, but its origin should perhaps be assigned to a still earlier period, as three Roman roads unite here. The vicinity is said to have been the scene of some sanguinary battles between the Britons, under their renowned King Arthur, and the Saxons; and the discovery, about the middle of the 18th century, of a large quantity of human bones, and the bones and shoes of horses, over an extensive tract of ground near the town, tends to confirm this opinion. " [5]

Very early records also show the following forename entries that phonetically match early Latin entries, but these forenames have been lost over time: Wyranus Man-seal; Wuganus de Wyleby; and Wygan le Bretun, Essex. [8]

Early History of the Wiggans family

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Wiggans Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Wiggans family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Captain Thomas Wiggin (Wiggins, Wiggan, or Wiggans) (1592-1667), the 1st Governor of the Upper Plantation of New Hampshire (1633?-1637.) He was born in Bishops Itchington, Warwickshire and arrived in New England on the Winthrop Fleet. By 1631 he had been appointed by the proprietors of the "Upper" or "Dover" Plantation to be their chief agent or governor. He settled in what is now Stratham. He was a close ally of Governor John Winthrop of the neighboring Massachusetts Bay Colony. In 1632 he traveled back to England, and returned the following year with expanded...
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Ireland Migration of the Wiggans family to Ireland

Some of the Wiggans family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Wiggans migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wiggans Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles A Wiggans, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [9]
  • John F Wiggans, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Wiggans (post 1700) +

  • Mrs. Hilary Anne Wiggans M.B.E., British Tayside Regional In-Court Adviser for Dundee Citizens’ Advice Bureau, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to the Justice System in Scotland and to the community in Dundee [10]
  • J. Wiggans Thorn, American Republican politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Mercer County, 1896-97; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1912 [11]

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  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)
  5. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  6. Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  7. 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)
  8. Testa de Nevill or "Liber Feodorum" or "Book of Fees," thought to have been written by Ralph de Nevill, for King John (1199–1216)
  9. 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)
  10. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 31 October 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018,
  11. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 18) . Retrieved from on Facebook