It was in the Scottish/English Borderlands that the Strathclyde-Briton people first used the ancient name While. It was a name for someone who lived in Dumfries.
Early Origins of the While family
The surname While was first found in Dumfriesshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England
that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway
Council Area, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the While family
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While Spelling Variations
Surnames that evolved in Scotland
in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations
. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. While has appeared as Wiley, Wylie, Whyley, Wyley, Wilie, Wyllie and others.
Early Notables of the While family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the While family to Ireland
Some of the While family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 135 words (10 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 While family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
While Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William While, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABBERTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Abberton.htm
- Julius While, aged 22, a tinsman, who arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Alfred" CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ALFRED 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Alfred.htm
The While Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto Translation: Faith.