Origins Available: English
The name Vyllis came to England
with the ancestors of the Vyllis family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Vyllis family lived in Berkshire. Their name is derived from the Old English word welle,
and indicates the original bearer's residence near such a facility.
Early Origins of the Vyllis family
The surname Vyllis was first found in Berkshire where they held a family seat
at Hungerford Park, a baronetcy granted by King Charles I. They are believed to be descended from Baron
Welles, the Duke of Somerset
, and the grandmother of Henry VII, a Norman Baron
from Welles in Normandy
who was granted Rockingham Castle but was beheaded. Not all of the family emigrated to England
as Hugh and Robert de Wellis were listed in Normandy
in 1198. Effric de Welles held the fief or Wellis, Normandy
in 1180. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Johannes Willeson was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) and Walter filius Wille held lands in Dumfries in 1214. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3) Walter Willys was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Staffordshire in 1327 and Roger Wyllys was found in Kent in 1438. Years later, Richard Willys was listed in the Feet of Fines of Essex in 1517. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Vyllis family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vyllis research.Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1207, 1279, 1214, 1576, 1656, 1590, 1645, 1642, 1643, 1621, 1675, 1614, 1690, 1664, 1734, 1614, 1701, 1659, 1660, 1665, 1666 and are included under the topic Early Vyllis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Vyllis Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Willis, Wilis and others.
Early Notables of the Vyllis family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Willis (1576-1656), a member of the English landed gentry and Clerk of the Crown in Chancery at the outbreak of the English Civil War, owing to which he suffered the loss of his position and some of his estates; George Wyllys or... Another 127 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vyllis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Vyllis family to Ireland
Some of the Vyllis family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 109 words (8 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 Vyllis family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Vyllis or a variant listed above: William Willis settled in Quidividi, Newfoundland, in 1703; Josiah Willis settled in Kiers Cove, Labrador, in 1766; Anne Willis settled in Virginia in 1620.