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The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Wigmore family name to the British Isles. They lived in Herefordshire, at Wigmore. The name of this place derives from the Old English words wicga, meaning moving, and mor, meaning marsh, and probably indicated that the bearer of the name lived near a shallow, swampy part of a river. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


Wigmore Early Origins



The surname Wigmore was first found in Herefordshire and Worcestershire which both date back to the Domesday Book [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and were listed as Wigemore in that register. Wigmore is also a village in the Unitary Authority of Medway, Kent that dates back to 1275 when is was listed as Wydemere, from an Old English "wid" + "mere" meaning "broad pool". [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The family conjecturally descend from Ralph de Mortimer, who built Wigmore Castle c. 1070 on the River Teme in Hereford. Wigmore Abbey, located nearby, was an Augustinian abbey with a grange and was founded by Ranulph de Mortimer (d. c. 1104), who was known as Lord of Wigmore. The abbey and the castle are both in ruins today. The exact relationship between the Wigmores and the Mortimers is unclear. Today, Wigmore is a new estate situated on the outskirts of Luton near Luton Airport, Bedfordshire.

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Wigmore Spelling Variations


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Wigmore Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Wigmore, Wigmer, Wiggmore and others.

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Wigmore Early History


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Wigmore Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wigmore research. Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1362, 1557, 1397, 1566, 1390, 1468, 1581 and 1588 are included under the topic Early Wigmore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wigmore Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wigmore Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wigmore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wigmore In Ireland


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Wigmore In Ireland



Some of the Wigmore family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Wigmore or a variant listed above:

Wigmore Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Elias Wigmore, who arrived in Virginia in 1633 [3]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)

Wigmore Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Wigmore, aged 21, who arrived in Georgia in 1737 [3]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)
  • Felex Wigmore, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743 [3]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)
  • Hance Felex Wigmore, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743 [3]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)
  • Jacob Wigmore, who landed in New Jersey in 1762 [3]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)

Wigmore Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mary Wigmore, aged 4, who landed in America, in 1895

Wigmore Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William Wigmore, aged 59, who landed in America from Northampton, in 1903
  • Elizabeth Wigmore, aged 58, who landed in America from Northampton, in 1903
  • Kate Wigmore, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from Northampton, in 1903
  • Mrs. John Wigmore, who landed in America, in 1908
  • R. G. Wigmore, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wigmore Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Florence Ball Wigmore, aged 49, who settled in Hamilton, Canada, in 1920
  • Helena Ball Wigmore, aged 19, who emigrated to Hamilton, Canada, in 1920

Wigmore Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Wigmore, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841
  • E. Wigmore, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Escocesa" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wigmore (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wigmore (post 1700)



  • Ann Wigmore (1909-1994), American Lithuanian holistic health practitioner, whole foods advocate and doctor of Divinity
  • John Henry Wigmore (1863-1943), American jurist who developed the Wigmore chart
  • B. Joseph Wigmore (b. 1892), English professional footballer
  • Cuthbert "Clive" Wigmore (1892-1969), English professional association football player of the 1920s
  • Lucy Wigmore, New Zealand stage and screen actress
  • Virginia Claire "Gin" Wigmore (b. 1986), New Zealand singer-songwriter
  • Gillian Wigmore (b. 1976), Canadian poet and fiction writer
  • Ben Wigmore (b. 1982), Australian silver medalist baseball player at the 2004 Summer Olympics

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ 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)

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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The Wigmore Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wigmore 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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