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Port of Entry

Bob Binzer (View posts)
Posted: 7 Mar 2006 11:26PM GMT
Classification: Query
I may have missed it. However, has anyone seen a port of entry for a Dwiggins, or any of the varient spellings? It is possible that the spelling could have been Duigan, Duignan or others. My search has been mostly in Ireland, but next I will look into Wales. Having heard the sound of what may have been gaelic, or Irish I can see where our spelling of Dwiggins could be a SOUNDEX type problem for I have found nothing in any of the Irish files I have seen that is spelled Dwiggins.
Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated.
Bob Binzer

Re: Port of Entry

Posted: 14 Feb 2011 7:23PM GMT
Classification: Query
According to my son's research, Dwiggins is a Anglicized version of the ancient Irish name "Duibhghinn," which has variously been modified as Dwigin, Dwiggin, Deegan, Duigan or Dugan.

The first Dwiggins in the United States was likely Roger Dwiggin of Ireland, who was listed in Maryland in 1670:

http://www.combs-families.org/combs/records/md/stmarys/stcle...

Maryland at that time was a haven for Irish in the new world, both Lord Baltimore and Thomas Gerrard being sympathetic to Catholics.

In the 1659 Census of Ireland by Oliver Cromwell, the name "Dwiggin" or "Dwigin" turns up in several places.

Here is a reference to a Roger Dwiggin among those whose land was taken away by Cromwell:

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~irlcnn/Data_Tables/certifi...

Here is a reference to a John Dwigin petitioning the Duke of Ormond in 1667:

http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/dept/scwmss/projects/carte/carte4...

So the first Dwiggins likely came to America as Catholic exiles, but perhaps owing to the lack of an organized Church in America soon became Protestant, if they had not converted already.

Re: Port of Entry

Posted: 12 Mar 2012 1:19AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Dwiggins
This is very helpful. I am researching the Dwiggins family (Robert b. 1770 d. 1856, married to Martha Crews, son of John Dwiggins d. 1815) in Stokes and Rowan counties in NC. I have also been researching the Maryland families to make the connection.

I would love to talk with your son about his research and how he got "across the pond" (found the records in England).
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