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Where did the Scottish Wiliams family come from? What is the Scottish Wiliams family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wiliams family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wiliams family history?The Wiliams family history stretches back to the clans of the Dalriadan kingdom on the sea-swept Hebrides islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland. The name Wiliams is derived from the personal name William. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Uilleim, which means son of William.
Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. Wiliams has been written as MacWilliam, MacQuilliam, MacKilliam, MacWilliams, MacKullie, MacCullie, MacWillie and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wiliams research. Another 256 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1187, 1215, and 1613 are included under the topic Early Wiliams History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Wiliams Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Wiliams family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 167 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Wiliams or a variant listed above include: Archibald McWilliam settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1773; Alexander, Charles, Daniel, Edward, Felix, Henry, Hugh, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Richard, Thomas and William McWilliam all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..
The Wiliams Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wiliams 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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