Whillans History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Whillans family

The surname Whillans was first found in Roxburghshire where the earliest record of this name was of Thomas and William Whillans who held lands in the Lordship of Liddesdale about 1490. The name is believed to be derived from the old lands of Quheillands in the lordships of Liddisdaill. Thomas and William Querland were mentioned in 1505 and just one year later, they are referred to as Thomas and William Querlance.

Early History of the Whillans family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whillans research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1490 and 1622 are included under the topic Early Whillans History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whillans Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whillans, Whillens, Wheelans, Willan, Willans and others.

Early Notables of the Whillans family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Whillans Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Whillans family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Whilan settled in New York in 1853.


Contemporary Notables of the name Whillans (post 1700) +

  • Don Whillans (1933-1985), English rock-climber and mountaineer
  • Dr. Ian Whillans, Ohio State Glaciologist, eponym of the Whillans Ice Stream, a glaciological feature of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet
  • Ken Whillans, Canadian politician, Mayor of the City of Brampton from 1974 to 1989


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