Wigley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Wigley family

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.

Early History of the Wigley family

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Wigley Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Wigley family (pre 1700)

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United States Wigley migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • John Wigley, who settled in Maryland in 1670
  • Thomas Wigley, who arrived in Maryland in 1673
  • Thomas Wigley, who landed in Maryland in 1673 [1]
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 settled in 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 [1]
  • Alfred John Wigley, who arrived in America in 1886 [1]

Australia Wigley migration to Australia +

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

Wigley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Wigley, British Convict who was convicted in Chester, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 20th July 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • William R Wigley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Bartlett" in 1847 [3]
  • James Francis Wigley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Competitor" in 1848 [4]
  • James Wigley, aged 37, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [5]
  • Charles Wigley, aged 17, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Wigley (post 1700) +

  • Richard Wigley, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 10th District, 1885-86 [6]
  • 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
  • Dafydd Wigley (b. 1943), Welsh politician
  • Dame Susan Louise Wigley D.C.V.O., C.V.O.,, British Lady in Waiting to The Duchess of Gloucester, was appointed Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order on 29th December 2018 [7]
  • 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


  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 7th February 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1837
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN BARTLETT 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847JohnBartlett.gif
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) COMPETITOR 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Competitor.gif
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The TRAFALGAR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Trafalgar.htm
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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