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Early Origins of the Wighton family

The surname Wighton was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1275 when Martin Withorn held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Wighton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wighton research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1455, 1487, 1565, 1541, 1565, 1559, 1565, 1543, 1563, 1543, 1590 and 1571 are included under the topic Early Wighton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wighton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whitehorn, Withorn, Witehorne, Whithorn, Whithorne, Withorne, Whythorne and many more.

Early Notables of the Wighton family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include George Whitehorne (died 1565) English cleric, Minor Canon and Priest-Vicar of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle 1541 to 1565 and Canon of Windsor from 1559 to 1565. Peter Whitehorne or Whithorne (fl. 1543-1563), was an English military writer, described on the title-pages of his books, first as student and then as 'fellow' of Gray's Inn...
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United States Wighton migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wighton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Wighton, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1840 [1]

Australia Wighton migration to Australia +

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

Wighton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Jacobina Wighton, Scottish convict who was convicted in Perth, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Elizabeth and Henry" on 14th September 1846, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Wighton (post 1700) +

  • Jack Wighton (b. 1993), Australian rugby league player for the Canberra Raiders in the NRL
  • Lorna Wighton (b. 1958), Canadian ice dancer at the 1980 Winter Olympics
  • Christopher Wighton Moncrieff CBE (1931-2019), British journalist and political editor of the Press Association from 1980 to 1994


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 13th March 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/elizabeth-and-henry


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