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The Wigley surname comes from the Old English words "wicga," meaning a "bug," and " leah," meaning a clearing in the woods. There are several places in England named from these words, such as Wigley in Derbyshire, Wigley, Shropshire, Wigley Cross in Dorset, and Wigley in Hampshire; the surname may have been a habitational name, taken on from one of these place names.

Wigley Early Origins



The surname Wigley was first found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat at Brampton during the reign of king Edward III (ruled 1327-1377). 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 1328 when they held a family seat in Brampton in that shire.

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Wigley Spelling Variations


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Wigley Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Wigley, Whigley, Wiggeley, Wygley, Wyggeley, Wiggerley and many more.

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Wigley Early History


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Wigley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wigley research. Another 349 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1683, 1776, and 1795 are included under the topic Early Wigley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wigley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wigley Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wigley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wigley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Wigley, who arrived in New England in 1666
  • Edward Wigley, who landed in New England in 1666
  • John Wigley, who came to Maryland in 1670
  • Thomas Wigley, who arrived in Maryland in 1673
  • Thomas Wigley, who landed in Maryland in 1673

Wigley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth Wigley, a bonded passenger who arrived in Jamaica in 1716
  • John Wigley, a bonded passenger who came to America in 1748
  • William Wigley, who arrived in Virginia in 1774

Wigley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Elias Wigley, who arrived in New York, NY in 1820
  • John Wigley, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1839
  • Alfred John Wigley, who arrived in America in 1886

Wigley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William R Wigley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Bartlett" in 1847
  • James Francis Wigley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Competitor" in 1848
  • James Wigley, aged 37, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • Charles Wigley, aged 17, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • James Wigley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wigley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wigley (post 1700)



  • Richard Wigley, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 10th District, 1885-86
  • George J. Wigley (d. 1866), English journalist
  • David Harry Wigley (b. 1981), English former first-class cricketer
  • Steve Wigley (b. 1961), English football coach and former player
  • James Vandeleur Wigley (1918-1999), Australian painter
  • Sir Henry Rodolph "Harry" Wigley (1913-1980), New Zealand pilot, entrepreneur and pioneer of the New Zealand tourism industry
  • Mark Antony Wigley, New Zealand born architect and author
  • Dafydd Wigley (b. 1943), Baron Wigley, Welsh politician, leader of the Plaid Cymru party from 1991 to 2000

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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    The Wigley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wigley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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