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Contributor Contrib.McLeeds on 7/3/2016
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A town in Northern England. Its etymology is uncertain but several have been suggested:One theory is that it is associated with the Old Norse víg, meaning 'fight', and if correct, Wigan may be the site of an unrecorded battle.Another is that it derives from the Cumbric words *wych, meaning 'great' and *-gan, which likely meant 'place' (Welsh ban).A third explanation is that Wigan is a Celtic personal name, possibly a derivative of the Latin name Walganus. If this is correct, the Cumbric *traf-, 'town, farm' (Welsh tref-, 'town') may have originally been involved. This would give an original name of *Trawigan (see Tredegar).