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Where did the English Wrigglesworth family come from? What is the English Wrigglesworth family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wrigglesworth family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wrigglesworth family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Wrigglesworth, Wriglesworth, Wigglesworth, Rigglesworth, Wrikesworth, Ricksworth, Riglesworth, Rigglesford, Wrigglesforth, Rigglesforth, Wrigglesford, Wigglesworth and many more.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Wigglesworth in the West Riding. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Wigglesworth (or Winchelesuuorde as it was recorded in 1086,) held by Roger le Poitevin, a Norman Baron, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wrigglesworth research. Another 127 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1.J7, 1631, 1705 and 1638 are included under the topic Early Wrigglesworth History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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Some of the Wrigglesworth family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 93 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wrigglesworth Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Henry Wrigglesworth, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Knottingley, England, in 1909
  • Olive Wrigglesworth, aged 0, who settled in America from Knottingley, England, in 1909
  • Ethel Wrigglesworth, aged 24, who emigrated to America from Harrowgate, England, in 1911
  • Jane Elizabeth Wrigglesworth, aged 38, who landed in America from Hull, England, in 1915
  • Florence Wrigglesworth, aged 20, who landed in America from Croydon, England, in 1919

Wrigglesworth Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Fred Wrigglesworth, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Wrigglesworth Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Wrigglesworth, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • William Wrigglesworth arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Bronte" in 1849


  • William Herbert "Billy" Wrigglesworth (1912-1980), English footballer
  • Sir Ian William Wrigglesworth (b. 1939), English politician, Treasurer of the Liberal Democrats
  • Tom Wrigglesworth, English stand-up comedian from Yorkshire
  • Susan Wrigglesworth (1954-1996), British fencer who competed at the 1972, 1976 and 1980 Summer Olympics


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

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  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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  7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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