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

The Willmott surname evolved from a form of the personal name William.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Willmot, Wilmot, Wilmott, Willmott and others.

First found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from very early times, probably about the 12th century.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Willmott research. Another 281 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1008, 1650, 1570, 1644, 1621, 1612, 1658, 1652, 1647, 1680, 1651, 1681, 1740 and 1614 are included under the topic Early Willmott History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 163 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Willmott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Willmott family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 67 words(5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Willmott Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Francis Willmott, who arrived in Maryland in 1657
  • Tho Willmott, who arrived in Virginia in 1657
  • Jno Willmott, who landed in Virginia in 1666
  • Robert Willmott, who arrived in Maryland in 1678

Willmott Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Samuel Devonshire Willmott, aged 53, landed in New Jersey in 1819

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  • Kevin Willmott (b. 1959), American professor of film at the University of Kansas and a movie director
  • Ellen Ann Willmott (1858-1934), English horticulturalist
  • Christopher Alan "Chris" Willmott (b. 1977), English footballer
  • Glenis Willmott (b. 1951), British politician
  • Phil Willmott, British director, playwright, arts journalist, teacher, and founder of London based theatre production company
  • Deidre Willmott, Australian Business Manager
  • Brigadier Harold Willmott (1899-1993), South African military commander


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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: Quod vult valde valt
Motto Translation: What he wishes, he fervently wishes.

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The Willmott Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Willmott 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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