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Where did the English Willet family come from? What is the English Willet family crest and coat of arms? When did the Willet family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Willet family history?The surname Willet is derived from the diminutive form of the Old English personal name "Will" or "William." Thus, the name refers to a "son of Willet."
Spelling variations of this family name include: Willet, Willett, Willhite, Willot, Willitt, Willets and many more.
First found in Essex, where the Willet family held a family seat from very ancient times. Records of the name in Essex and the surrounding shires date back to the Middle Ages, during the years immediately following the Norman Conquest.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Willet research. Another 217 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1736, 1665, 1562, 1621, 1650, 1678, 1633, 1703, 1605 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Willet History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 117 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Willet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Willet Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Willet Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Willet Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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: Dieu et mon devoir
Motto Translation: God and my work.
The Willet Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Willet 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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