Wile History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Wile. The Wile family lived in Dumfries where today more often than not, the name is typically spelt either Wylie or Wyllie. [1]

Early Origins of the Wile family

The surname Wile was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), where the first on record was Donald Wyly, tenant of Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, 1376. Later, John Wili held a land in Montrose, 1431, and Robert Wylye was vicar of Kilcoldrum, 1434. William Wyly, was a witness in Prestwick, Ayrshire, 1446, Robert Wyly, was a charter witness in Glasgow, 1454, and Richard Wyly, was vicar of Dundee in 1458. [1]

Early History of the Wile family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wile research. Another 218 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1509, 1529, 1530, 1550, 1563, 1575, 1653, 1659, 1680, 1590, 1645, 1642, 1643 and are included under the topic Early Wile History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wile Spelling Variations

The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Wile has appeared as Wiley, Wylie, Whyley, Wyley, Wilie, Wyllie and others.

Early Notables of the Wile family (pre 1700)

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

Wile Ranking

In the United States, the name Wile is the 10,824th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Wile family to Ireland

Some of the Wile family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Wile migration to the United States +

As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Wile Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Wile, aged 28, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [3]
  • Anne Wile, who landed in Virginia in 1648 [3]
  • Susa Wile, who arrived in Virginia in 1695 [3]
Wile Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Wile, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [3]
  • Thomas Wile, who landed in America in 1760-1763 [3]
Wile Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel B Wile, aged 30, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [3]
  • J Frederic Wile, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804 [3]
  • Adelheid Wile, aged 3, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845 [3]
  • Simon Wile, who landed in Mississippi in 1856 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Wile (post 1700) +

  • Simon Wile (1830-1907), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1869 [4]
  • Frank G. Wile, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916 [4]
  • John Wile (b. 1947), English former footballer and manager


The Wile 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.


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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