The ancient and distinguished surname Wigins 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.Singlular 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 Wigins family
The surname Wigins 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 Wigins 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 Wigins family
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Wigins Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Wiggin, Wiggins, Wigan, Wigans, Wiegand, Wigand, Wigens and many more.
Early Notables of the Wigins family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wigins family to Ireland
Some of the Wigins family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Wigins family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Wigins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Wigins, aged 15, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1656 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Wigins (post 1700)
- Peter Wigins, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Cronstadt, 1897-98 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html