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Whily History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Whily is an ancient Scottish name that was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is a name for someone who lived in Dumfries.

Early Origins of the Whily family


The surname Whily 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 Whily family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whily research.
Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1645, 1642, 1643 and are included under the topic Early Whily History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whily Spelling Variations


Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. Whily has been spelled Wiley, Wylie, Whyley, Wyley, Wilie, Wyllie and others.

Early Notables of the Whily family (pre 1700)


Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whily Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Whily family to Ireland


Some of the Whily 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 Whily family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whily Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Whily, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1835

The Whily 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: Fides
Motto Translation: Faith.


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