The chronicles of the Willaims family indicate that the name was first used by the Strathclyde Britons
of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is derived from the Norman personal name William.
The name literally was derived from the patronymic
expression son of William.
Early Origins of the Willaims family
The surname Willaims was first found in Peebles, where this predominantly Scottish Clan
held a family seat
anciently, although their interests straddled the English Scottish border and they held territories as far south as Keswick in Cumberland.
Early History of the Willaims family
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.
Willaims Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations
. Willaims has been spelled Williamson, Wiliamson, Williamsone and others.
Early Notables of the Willaims family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Dainty Davie or David Williamson, the ebullient Edinburgh preacher who buried six wives and the seventh buried him; and Sir... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Willaims Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Willaims family to Ireland
Some of the Willaims family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 61 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Willaims family to the New World and Oceana
Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North America. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence
. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them: Michael Williamson, who settled in Massachusetts in 1631; James Williamson, who settled in Virginia in 1654 along with Isaac, Richard, Alice, and Ann.