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Wignall is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Wignall family lived in Norfolk, at Wiggenhall.

Wignall Early Origins



The surname Wignall was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from about 1066, where they were conjecturally descended from Ralph Baynard, a Norman noble, who held the lands of Wiggenhall in Norfolk.

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Wignall Spelling Variations


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Wignall Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Wignall has been recorded under many different variations, including Wignall, Wignoll, Wignull, Wiggenhall and others.

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Wignall Early History


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Wignall Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wignall research. Another 178 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wignall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wignall Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wignall Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Wignall 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



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Wignalls were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Wignall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Alex Wignall settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1629
  • Alex Wignall settled in Virginia in 1647
  • Thomas Wignall, who arrived in Virginia in 1647
  • William Wignall, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • Alex Wignall, who arrived in Virginia in 1663

Wignall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Wignall, who landed in Virginia in 1713

Wignall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Wignall arrived in Philadelphia in 1832
  • Charles Wignall arrived in Philadelphia in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wignall (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wignall (post 1700)



  • Steve Wignall (b. 1954), English former professional football manager and player
  • Frank Wignall (b. 1939), English international footballer
  • Ruth Wignall, British television presenter
  • Maurice Wignall (b. 1976), Jamaican hurdling athlete

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Wignall Historic Events


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Wignall Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. John Wignall, "Jack" British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Lawrence Wignall, British Ordnance, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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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. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The Wignall Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wignall 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.

    This page was last modified on 13 November 2014 at 16:22.

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