Widlake History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Widlake family

The surname Widlake was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Widelake. Cornwall was a land set apart, a land of mystique and quaint customs, more strongly related to Brittany and Wales than to England. It was not until the 10th century that they submitted to the Saxon rule of England. Since then, their influence has moved east into Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

Early History of the Widlake family

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Widlake Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Midlake, Willake, Wilake, Wydlake, Wyllake and others.

Early Notables of the Widlake family (pre 1700)

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United States Widlake migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Widlake Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Widlake, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1817
  • George Widlake, who settled in Philadelphia in 1817

Contemporary Notables of the name Widlake (post 1700) +

  • Nigel Brian Windsor Widlake (1931-2017), British journalist, broadcaster and presenter
  • Terry Widlake, American musician and former bass player for Roy Orbison


The Widlake 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: Dieu, et mon Droit
Motto Translation: God and my right


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