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

The Wilmot 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 Wilmot 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 Wilmot 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 Wilmot Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Wilmot 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:

Wilmot Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas and Susanna Wilmot, who settled in Virginia in 1648
  • Nicholas Wilmot, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1657

Wilmot Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • James Wilmot, aged 24, landed in New York in 1812
  • George A E Wilmot, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Edwin Wilmot, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876
  • E. W. Wilmot, aged 47, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Wilmot, aged 26, who settled in America, in 1894


Wilmot Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Charlie Wilmot, aged 8, who landed in America from Openshaw, in 1903
  • Clair S. Wilmot, aged 34, who settled in America from Leeds, in 1903
  • Geo. A. Wilmot, aged 27, who settled in America from S. Africa, in 1904
  • Annie Wilmot, aged 19, who emigrated to America from Coleraine, Ireland, in 1908


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  • David Wilmot (1814-1868), American politician and eponym of the Wilmot Proviso which aimed to ban slavery in land gained from Mexico in the Mexican-American War of 18461848
  • James P. Wilmot (1916-1980), American aviation executive, Democratic Party organizer, eponym of the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester
  • Sir Henry Wilmot (1831-1901), English Army Captain, 5th Baronet Wilmot, recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Aubrey Sidney Wilmot (1915-1989), English Lawyer, RAF Air Vice Marshal
  • Brigadier-General Sir Henry Wilmot VC KCB (1831-1901), 5th Baronet, English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • James Wilmot (1726-1807), English clergyman and alleged creator of Baconian theory
  • Sir Robert Wilmot (1708-1772), 1st Baronet, English civil servant
  • Gary Owen Wilmot (b. 1954), British actor, writer, comedian, impressionist and singer
  • Chester Wilmot (1911-1954), Australian war correspondent for the BBC and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
  • Henry Wilmot (1826-1888), Canadian politician, Ontario Member of Parliament

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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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  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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The Wilmot Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wilmot 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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