The Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought many new words to England
from which surnames were formed. Whilt was one of these new Norman names. It was specifically tailored to its first bearer, who was a person of wild or undisciplined character.
Looking back even further, we found the name was originally derived from the Old English word wilde,
meaning untamed or uncivilized.
Early Origins of the Whilt family
The surname Whilt was first found in Berkshire where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor of Wyld Court, being descended from Ulric Wilde, a Domesday tenant
in that county.
Early History of the Whilt family
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Whilt Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Wild, Wilde, Wildee, Wylde and others.
Early Notables of the Whilt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Whilt family to Ireland
Some of the Whilt family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 51 words (4 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 Whilt family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Whilt or a variant listed above: Robert Wild who settled in Virginia in 1635; William, John and Jo Wild, who all settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635; John Wild, who settled in Barbados in 1654.
The Whilt 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: Veritas victrix
Motto Translation: Truth Conquered.