Wiggins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient and distinguished surname Wiggins 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 Wiggins family

The surname Wiggins 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]

Early History of the Wiggins family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wiggins research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1279, 1379, 1592, 1667, 1633, 1637, 1696, 1739, 1731 and 1732 are included under the topic Early Wiggins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wiggins Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Wiggins 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.) Dr. John Wigan (1696-1739), was a British physician...
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Ireland Migration of the Wiggins family to Ireland

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

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 [8]
  • William Wiggins, who landed in Maryland in 1674 [8]
Wiggins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Wiggins, who arrived in North Carolina in 1701 [8]
Wiggins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Wiggins, aged 46, who arrived in New York in 1812 [8]
  • Luke Wiggins, aged 27, who arrived in Rhode Island in 1812 [8]
  • Margaret Wiggins, who landed in New York, NY in 1817 [8]
  • Hugh Wiggins, who landed in New York, NY in 1817 [8]
  • 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.)

Canada Wiggins migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [9]
  • Mrs. Charlotte Wiggins U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [9]
  • Mr. Daniel Wiggins U.E. born in Queens County, New York, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [9]
  • Mrs. Isabella Wiggins U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [9]
  • Mr. Jacob Wiggins U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Wiggins Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Eliza Wiggins, aged 60 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Sobraon" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [10]
  • Henry Wiggins, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862
  • George Wiggins, who was living in Ontario in 1871

Australia Wiggins migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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 [11]
  • Mr. Richard Wiggins, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 28th March 1848, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) from Bermuda [12]
  • Sarah Wiggins, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Florentia" [13]
  • Sarah Wiggins, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Florentia" in 1849 [13]

New Zealand Wiggins migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Wiggins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Robert Wiggins, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1858
  • William Wiggins, aged 16, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen Bee" in 1872
  • Richard Wiggins, aged 40, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Eliza Wiggins, aged 44, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Mr. Charles Wiggins, (b. 1849), aged 25, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Peter Denny" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 26th July 1874 [14]
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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
  • Mitchell Lee Wiggins (b. 1959), retired American professional basketball player
  • Wiley Wiggins (b. 1976), American screen actor
  • ... (Another 35 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Royal Oak
  • Leslie William Wiggins (1916-1939), British Ordnance Artificer 4th Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [15]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. William Wiggins, English Deck Steward from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [16]
  • Mrs. Sarah Helena Wiggins, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [17]


Suggested Readings for the name Wiggins +

  • 541 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.

  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)
  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. ^ 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)
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 60)
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bangalore
  13. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FLORENTIA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Florentia.htm
  14. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  15. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  16. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  17. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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