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Where did the Scottish Wiley family come from? What is the Scottish Wiley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wiley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wiley family history?

The ancient Scottish name Wiley was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The original bearer of the name lived in Dumfries.

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The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Wiley has been spelled Wiley, Wylie, Whyley, Wyley, Wilie, Wyllie and others.

First found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wiley research. Another 182 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wiley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Wiley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Wiley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 278 words(20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were:

Wiley Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Isaac Wiley settled in Barbados in 1663
  • Ann Wiley, who landed in Maryland in 1674

Wiley Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Sarah Wiley, who landed in New England in 1718
  • Betty Wiley, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766
  • James Wiley, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766
  • Jane Wiley, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766
  • James Wiley, his wife and two sisters, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766


Wiley Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Wiley, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Richard Wiley, who arrived in South Carolina in 1808
  • Wm Wiley, aged 30, arrived in America in 1822
  • Joseph Wiley, aged 28, landed in America in 1822
  • Paul Wiley, aged 78, landed in America in 1822


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  • Harvey Washington Wiley (1844-1930), American chemist involved in the passage of the landmark Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906
  • Isaac William Wiley (1825-1884), American physician, founder of Wiley College
  • Autrey Nell Wiley (1901-1990), American literary critic and professor
  • Don Craig Wiley (1944-2001), American microbiologist
  • Richard E. Wiley (b. 1934), American lawyer and former Chairman of the Federal Communications
  • John Cooper Wiley (1893-1967), American Foreign Service officer and ambassador
  • Charles Wiley (d. 1826), American founder of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a global publishing company in 1807, best known for their For Dummies books
  • Marcellus Vernon Wiley (b. 1974), retired American NFL football defensive end, current co-host of SportsNation on ESPN 2
  • William Wiley, American sailor of the United States Navy, eponym of the USS Wiley (DD-597), a Fletcher-class destroyer
  • Lee Wiley (1908-1975), American popular jazz singer in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s

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  • Days of Old: The History of the Wileys and Other Early Settlers of Saxtons River, Vermont, 1783-c.1850 by Ruth M. Buxton.
  • Descendants of Hezekiah Sellards (Father of Jenny Wiley) by Clayton R. Cox.
  • The White, Hill, Wiley & Kuns Cousins by Opal L. Streiff.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fides
Motto Translation: Faith.

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  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  4. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  7. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
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  9. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Wiley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wiley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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