The ancient and distinguished surname Wigin indicates "son of Wigand," a personal name
derived from the Breton
name "Wiucon," meaning "high and noble." CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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. CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Early Origins of the Wigin family
The surname Wigin was first found in the county of Cambridgeshire
, where one named Wighen 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. 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 Wigin 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.
Early History of the Wigin family
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Wigin Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Wiggin, Wiggins, Wigan, Wigans, Wiegand, Wigand, Wigens and many more.
Early Notables of the Wigin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wigin family to Ireland
Some of the Wigin family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Wigin family to the New World and Oceana
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.