The ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Whileman family have grown. The name Whileman was given to a member of the family who was a wild man. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname
surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Early Origins of the Whileman family
The surname Whileman was first found in Berkshire where they held a family seat
from very ancient times and were Lords of the manor of Beaucot, before and after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. Some of the first records of the name include John Wildeman who was listed on the Close Rolls during the reign of King Richard II, which lasted from 1377 to 1399 and the Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls of 1379 lists Willelmus Wyldman.
Early History of the Whileman family
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Whileman Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Whileman family name include Wildman, Wyldman, Wileman and others.
Early Notables of the Whileman family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir John Wildman (c.
1621-1693), an English soldier and politician. "He seems to have served for a time in Sir Thomas Fairfax's lifeguards, probably about 1646, as it is hinted that he was not one of that body in the days of fighting, and had certainly ceased to belong to it by the autumn of 1647. In the autumn of 1647, when the soldiers of... Another 72 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whileman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Whileman family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Whileman surname or a spelling variation of the name include : John Wildman settled in New England
in 1767; Richard Wildman settled in Maryland in 1775.
The Whileman 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: Tentenda via est
Motto Translation: The way must be tried.
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