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

Wyatt is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Wyatt family when they emigrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Wyatt comes from Guyat, a pet form of the Old French given name Guy.


Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Wyatt were recorded, including Wyatt, Wyat and others.

First found in Sussex where they held a family seat at early times, after the Norman Conquest of 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wyatt research. Another 333 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1554, 1746, 1813, 1460, 1537, 1503, 1542, 1536, 1521, 1554, 1550, 1623, 1588, 1644, 1616 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Wyatt History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 189 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wyatt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Wyatt arrived in North America very early:

Wyatt Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Sir Francis and Lady Margaret Wyatt, who settled in Virginia in 1621
  • John Wyatt, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1631
  • Thomas Wyatt, who settled in Virginia in 1642
  • George Wyatt, who arrived in Virginia in 1662
  • Christopher Wyatt, who settled in Barbados with his servants in 1680


  • Jane Waddington Wyatt (1910-2006), American three-time Emmy Award winning actress in films and television, best remembered for her role in Frank Capra's "Lost Horizon" (1937) and as the housewife and mother on Father Knows Best
  • David K. Wyatt (1937-2006), American historian
  • John Francis Minford "Jack" Wyatt (1917-2008), American advertising executive and television host
  • Victoria Wyatt (b. 1956), American ethnographer and art historian
  • Christopher J. Wyatt, American executive vice president and president of Blockbuster Inc
  • Christopher Aaron "Chris" Wyatt (b. 1975), American film producer, writer, and second unit director
  • George Harry Wyatt (1886-1964), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Stephen Wyatt the Younger (b. 1948), award-winning British writer
  • Robert "Bob" Elliott Storey Wyatt (1901-1995), English cricketer for Warwickshire, Worcestershire, and the English cricket team, active 1923-1951
  • James Wyatt RA (1746-1813), English architect



  • The Wiatt Family of Virginia by Alexander Lloyd Wiatt.
  • A Research Report About Our Wyatt-Mitchell & Allied Families by E. Myrtle Mitchell.

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: Duriora virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue tries harder things.


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  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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The Wyatt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wyatt 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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