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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Wyndham, Windham and others.

First found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, at Wymondham, and descended from a noble Saxon, Wimund, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Windham research. Another 227 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1528, 1632, 1558, 1645, 1612, 1676, 1640, 1602, 1684, 1609, 1668, 1632, 1683, 1656, 1667, 1695, 1685, 1687, 1600, 1681, 1640 and 1641 are included under the topic Early Windham History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 289 words(21 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Windham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Windham Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Robert Windham, who settled in New Jersey in 1675
  • Robert Windham, who landed in New Jersey in 1675

Windham Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Cha Windham, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
  • Charles Windham, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
  • Sarah Windham, a convict sent to Maryland in 1719
  • John Windham, a bonded passenger who came to America in 1744
  • William Windham, who was on record in Richmond, VA in 1794


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  • Donald Windham (1920-2010), American novelist and memoirist
  • Barry Clinton Windham (b. 1960), American semi-retired professional wrestler
  • David Rogers Windham (b. 1961), former American NFL football linebacker
  • Kathryn Tucker Windham (b. 1918), American storyteller and author who inspired the 2004 film Kathryn: The Story of a Teller
  • Robert Jack Windham (b. 1942), known by his ring name Blackjack Mulligan, a former professional wrestler and American football player
  • Sir Charles Ashe Windham (1810-1870), English-born, American military officer made famous in the Battle of the Great Redan during the Crimean War, nicknamed "Hero of the Redan"
  • William Windham Sr., FRS (1717-1761), English landowner
  • William Howe Windham (1802-1854), English politician, Member of Parliament for East Norfolk (1832-1835), High Sheriff of Norfolk in 1842
  • William Windham PC, PC (Ire) (1750-1810), British Whig statesman, Secretary of State for War and the Colonies (1806-1807)
  • William Windham (1706-1789), British landowner and politician

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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: Au bon droit
Motto Translation: With good right.

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  2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Windham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Windham 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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