The Wygley 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 Wygley family
The surname Wygley 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 Wygley family
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Wygley Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Wigley, Whigley, Wiggeley, Wygley, Wyggeley, Wiggerley and many more.
Early Notables of the Wygley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wygley family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Edward Wigley, who arrived in New England
in 1666; John Wigley, who came to Maryland in 1670; Thomas Wigley, who arrived in Maryland in 1673; Elizabeth Wigley, a bonded passenger who arrived in Jamaica in 1716.