Wighen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancient and distinguished surname Wighen 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. Singular forms of the name were still found in Normandy as late as 1198: Radulphus Wigan; and Richard Wiguen. 
Early Origins of the Wighen family
The surname Wighen was first found in the county of Cambridgeshire, where one named Wighen  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. 
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.   
"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. " 
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. 
Early History of the Wighen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wighen research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1279, 1379, 1592, 1667, 1633, 1637, 1631, 1632, 1696, 1739, 1731, 1732, 1738 and 1739 are included under the topic Early Wighen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wighen Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Wiggin, Wiggins, Wigan, Wigans, Wiegand, Wigand, Wigens and many more.
Early Notables of the Wighen 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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Migration of the Wighen family to Ireland
Some of the Wighen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Wighen family
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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