Willaims is one of the proud Scottish names to come from the Strathclyde clans of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is derived from the Norman
The surname Willaims was first found in Peebles, where this predominantly Scottish
anciently, although their interests straddled the English Scottish border and they held territories as far south as Keswick in Cumberland.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Willaims research.Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1633, 1701, 1665, 1785, 1690, 1701, 1677, 1780 and are included under the topic Early Willaims History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
The many spelling variations
in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Willaims has been spelled Williamson, Wiliamson, Williamsone and others.
To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland
, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan
organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were: Michael Williamson, who settled in Massachusetts in 1631; James Williamson, who settled in Virginia in 1654 along with Isaac, Richard, Alice, and Ann.