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Wigley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places in Derbyshire and Hampshire, named from the Old English byname Wicga (meaning ‘beetle’, ‘insect’) or Old English wicga ‘beetle’, ‘insect’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘woodland clearing’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Willey, Wrigley, Iley, Riley, Midgley, Ripley, Wiley, Webley, Withey

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Where is the Wigley family from?

You can see how Wigley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wigley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wigley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 18 Wigley families living in Ontario. This was about 40% of all the recorded Wigley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Wigley families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wigley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wigley ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Wigley. 60% of Wigley men worked as a Farmer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Butcher
  • Painter
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There are 45,000 census records available for the last name Wigley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wigley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Wigley. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Wigley. For the veterans among your Wigley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wigley lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Wigley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Wigley in 1941 was 43, and 72 in 2004.

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