Wylloughby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Wylloughby is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Wylloughby family lived in Lincolnshire at Willoughby.

Early Origins of the Wylloughby family

The surname Wylloughby was first found in Lincolnshire where Sir William de Willoughby was Lord of Willoughby, a Norman knight who was granted the estates by William the Conqueror. Baron Willoughby de Eresby was a title created by writ in 1313 for Robert de Willoughby.

"Thorganby Hall [in Thorganby], formerly the seat of the Willoughbys, is an ancient and handsome stone mansion, situated in well-wooded grounds commanding fine prospects." [1]

Matson in Gloucestershire played an important place in England's history. "This place, during the siege of Gloucester, became the head-quarters of Charles I.; and the ancient manorhouse, erected by Sir Ambrose Willoughby, Knt., in the reign of Elizabeth, was on that occasion occupied by the king's sons, Charles and James." [1]

Important Dates for the Wylloughby family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wylloughby research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1492, 1471, 1528, 1554, 1370, 1409, 1399, 1400, 1401, 1402, 1404, 1406, 1452, 1502, 1497, 1554, 1515, 1570, 1537, 1603, 1584, 1617, 1452, 1502, 1472, 1521, 1640, 1669, 1664, 1666, 1667, 1670, 1638, 1674, 1635, 1672, 1670 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Wylloughby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wylloughby Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Wylloughby family name include Willoughby, Willowby and others.

Early Notables of the Wylloughby family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Willoughby, 5th Baron Willoughby de Eresby (c.1370-1409), an English Baron, joined Bolingbroke, the future King Henry IV, soon after his landing at Ravenspur, he was present at the abdication of Richard II in the Tower in 1399, and was one of the peers who consented to King Richard's imprisonment, taken part in Henry IV's expedition to Scotland (1400), admitted to the Order of the Garter (1401), among those appointed to negotiate with the Welsh rebel, Owain Glyndair (1402), he remained loyal to the King, was appointed to the King's council, among the...
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Migration of the Wylloughby family

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Wylloughby family to immigrate North America: Francis Willoughby, from Portsmouth who became Deputy Governor of Massachusetts in 1678; Lady Ann Willoughby arrived in Barbados in 1679 with her servants.

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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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