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 Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Wigley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Wigley. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    60%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    20%

  • Germanic Europe

    5%

  • Norway

    4%

  • Sweden

    2%

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Wigley Family Origin

Where is the Wigley family from?

Wigley Family Occupations

What did your Wigley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Wigley occupation in the UK was Farmer. 5% of Wigley's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Wigley family was Labourer. Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wigley.

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  • Farmer

    5%
  • Agricultural Labourer

    4%
  • Coal Miner

    4%
  • Labourer

    3%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Wigley ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Wigley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wigley ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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