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Wigley Coat of Arms / Wigley Family Crest

Wigley Coat of Arms / Wigley Family Crest

The surname of WIGLEY was a locational name 'of Wigley' a spot in County Derbyshire. Local names usually denoted where a man held land and indicated where he actually lived. The name was originally derived from the Old English word WICGALEAH. Early records of the name mention WIGGELAY (without surname) who was listed as a tenant-in-chief in the Domesday Book of 1086, and WIGGELEE (without surname) was recorded in 1255 in Derbyshire. Letitia Wigley was recorded in the year 1230 in County Derbyshire. Wigley Uethorpe appears in the year 1300 in County Leicestershire and Thomas Wigeleye of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Edward Wigley was documented in Derbyshire in the year 1400. The earliest hereditary surnames in England are found shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066 and are of Norman French origin rather than native English. On the arrival of the Normans they identified themselves by references to the estates from which they came from in northern France. These names moved rapidly on with their bearers into Scotland and Ireland. Others of the Norman Invaders took names from the estates in England which they had newly acquired. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.

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