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The ancient and distinguished surname Wiggins indicates "son of Wigand," a personal name derived from the Breton name "Wiucon," meaning "high and noble." This name was introduced into England at the time of the Norman Conquest of 1066.

Wiggins Early Origins



The surname Wiggins was first found in the county of Cambridgeshire, where one named Wighen [1]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. [2]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 Wiggins 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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Wiggins Spelling Variations


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Wiggins Spelling Variations



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

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Wiggins Early History


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Wiggins Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wiggins research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1279, 1379, 1592, 1667, 1633, 1637, 1696 and 1739 are included under the topic Early Wiggins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wiggins Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wiggins Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wiggins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wiggins In Ireland


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Wiggins In Ireland



Some of the Wiggins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 81 words (6 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wiggins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mary Wiggins, who arrived in Virginia in 1661
  • William Wiggins, who landed in Maryland in 1674

Wiggins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Wiggins, who arrived in North Carolina in 1701

Wiggins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Wiggins, aged 46, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Luke Wiggins, aged 27, arrived in Rhode Island in 1812
  • Margaret Wiggins, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • Hugh Wiggins, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • Eliza Wiggins, who sailed from Ireland to New York in 1817
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wiggins Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Benjamin Wiggins U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1815 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mrs. Charlotte Wiggins U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Daniel Wiggins U.E. born in Queens County, New York, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mrs. Isabella Wiggins U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Jacob Wiggins U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wiggins Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Henry Wiggins, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862
  • George Wiggins, who was living in Ontario in 1871

Wiggins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Wiggins, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • Sarah Wiggins, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Florentia"
  • Sarah Wiggins arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Florentia" in 1849

Wiggins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Wiggins arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1858
  • William Wiggins, aged 16, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen Bee" in 1872
  • Richard Wiggins, aged 40, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Eliza Wiggins, aged 44, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • George Wiggins, aged 16, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wiggins (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wiggins (post 1700)



  • Rae Lamar Wiggins (b. 1974), former American football wide receiver
  • Thomas "Blind Tom" Wiggins (1849-1908), African American musical prodigy on the piano, best known for The Rain Storm, composed at the age of 6
  • Mitchell Wiggins (b. 1959), American retired NBA basketball player
  • Jermaine Wiggins (b. 1975), American NFL and UFL football player
  • James Russell Wiggins (1903-2000), American newspaper editor of The Washington Post and United States Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Gerald Wiggins (1922-2008), American jazz pianist and organist
  • Candice Wiggins (b. 1987), American basketball player, daughter of Alan Wiggins
  • Alan Wiggins (1958-1991), American Major League Baseball second baseman
  • Benjamin F. Wiggins, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Suffolk County 1st District, 1859, 1863
  • Benjamin Thomas Wiggins (b. 1920), American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives from Stephens County, 1951-56; Resigned 1956
  • ... (Another 35 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Wiggins Historic Events


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Wiggins Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. William Wiggins, English Deck Steward from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mrs. Sarah Helena Wiggins, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Wiggins


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Suggested Readings for the name Wiggins



  • Begats, a Chronicle of the McMillan, Preston, Wiggins, and Binford Families by Mabel E. Preston Wiggins.
  • Descendants & Antecedents of Darius Knowles, 1829-1881, and His Wife Rhoda Ann Wiggins, 1831-1915 by Beverly Knowles Metzger.
  • The Gardiner-Squires Connection by Tiger Gardiner.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831

Other References

  1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Wiggins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wiggins 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.

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