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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.

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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.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wigley, Whigley, Wiggeley, Wygley, Wyggeley, Wiggerley and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wygley research. Another 349 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1683, 1776, and 1795 are included under the topic Early Wygley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wygley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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The Wygley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wygley 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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