This site is to capture the information gathered by a number of individuals researching the descendants of John Wriglesworth and Ann Hutchinson who emigrated from Bugthorpe, West Yorkshire to Ontario, Canada with their children, around 1830. The family settled in the area around Norwich in south-western Ontario.
The Wrigglesworth surname is believed to have originated in a place named Woodlesford in West Yorkshire, in an area settled by Norweigans, and is thought to mean 'worthy oarsman'. There were several variants of the name, including Wriglesworth, Rigglesford, Regulsford and currently there are variations such as Wriggelsworth, Wregglesworth and Wreggelsworth.
The earliest written references to the surname, or variants of it, date back to the year 1379 when the Rolls of the Freeman of the City of York contain references to the name John de Writhelford. In the year 1591, Robert Wriglesforth is mentioned in the registers of the parish church of Rothwell, Yorkshire. In the year 1605, William Wriglesworth is mentioned in the same register. The surname appears as Wodelsford in 1425, as Wriglesforth in 1596, and as Wriglesworth in 1620.