The origins of the Welsh
name Guilliams go back to those ancient Celts
known as the Britons
that once occupied the hills and Moors
. This old Welsh
surname is from the personal name
Gwilliam, which is a Welsh
form of the name William.
Early Origins of the Guilliams family
The surname Guilliams was first found in Chirk, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Guilliams family
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Guilliams Spelling Variations
surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh
variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh
surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh
names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations
of particular Welsh
names are very important. The surname Guilliams has occasionally been spelled Gwilliam, Gwuilliam, Guilliam and others.
Early Notables of the Guilliams family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Guilliams family to the New World and Oceana
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales
joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Guilliams:
Guilliams Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- T. Guilliams, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1895
- Henri Guilliams, aged 29, who landed in America from Antwerp, in 1898
Guilliams Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Jan Bapt. Guilliams, aged 35, who emigrated to America, in 1923