Last name: Wiggins

This Olde English name has two possible derivations, the first being from the Breton personal name "Wincon" or "Uuicon" which was introduced into England by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066. The name means "worthy" and "high", or "noble". The second origin is from another personal name, this time of Germanic origin and also introduced by the Normans, "Wigant", meaning "Warrior", from the verb "Wigan", to fight. The personal name is first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Wighen" and in 1163 as "Wigein". The surname development has included "Wygen" (1297, Cornwall) and "Wiggans" or "Wiggins (1752, Yorkshire). "Woiggins" is the patronymic form of the name, meaning "son of" and the name can also be found as "Wigan", "Wigand", "Wigin" and "Wiggin". The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Wygeyn, which was dated 1275, in the Norfolk Hundred Rolls, during the reign of King Edward l, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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paul macallister
definitely Irish. just like Higgins.


I am a Wiggins descendent. I have done a fair amount of research and found that my branch of the family is actually of Sephardic Jewish origin and changed its name when they fled to Britain in the sixteenth century.

Professional Houseclean

I am charles wiggins.. very interesting topic

Stephen Wiggins
I'm a Wiggins so I read this page

Aidan w
Hey fam

Haylee Wiggins
did anyone else get teased about wearing wigs as a kid

Homer Wiggins
our family of Wiggins came from England.

Leah Wiggins
Yes, I was teased all the time. I don't have very many living relatives on the Wiggins side, so I'm still trying to figure out exactly where they came from... Wish me luck.

Cliff Wilson
If the name derives from the Normans it means it's of Danish and Frankish origins. The Normans were originally Danish Vikings and though they differentiated themselves from the Anglo-Saxons they are basically indistinguishable from earlier Anglo-Saxon settlers in the UK. So being that my Mom's maiden name is Wiggins I'm about 100 percent Viking.

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