Wigley Family History

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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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Wigley Family Origin

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Wigley Family Occupations

What did your Wigley ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Wigley. 9% of Wigley men worked as a General Labourer and 73% of Wigley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wigley were Retired and Domestic Servant

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Farmer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Retired

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Domestic Servant

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

Wigley Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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

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Draft Card

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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Wigley Life Expectancy

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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