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Early Origins of the Willig family

The surname Willig was first found in Nottinghamshire where Gilbert Wildgris was found in Danelaw documents pertaining to the reign of Henry II. In Norfolk, we found William Wyldgryce in 1511. The name literally means "wild pig" from the Old Norse word "griss," [1] and probably referred to one with a somewhat fierce appearance or perhaps one quick and decisive in action.

Early History of the Willig family

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Willig Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Willgrass, Willgress, Willgross, Wilgress, Wildris, Wildgrice, Wilgrice, Wilgress, Wilgrass, Williger, Willigers, Willekes, Willgryce, Wilgrice and many more.

Early Notables of the Willig family

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United States Willig migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Willig Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Aug Willig, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Willig (post 1700) +

  • Susan Willig, American Democratic Party politician, Member, Platform Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008
  • Debroah Willig, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2004


  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. 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)


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