Wiley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Scottish name Wiley was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The original bearer of the name lived in Dumfries.

Early Origins of the Wiley family

The surname Wiley 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 Wiley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wiley research. Another 102 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1645, 1642, 1643 and are included under the topic Early Wiley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wiley Spelling Variations

The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Wiley has been spelled Wiley, Wylie, Whyley, Wyley, Wilie, Wyllie and others.

Early Notables of the Wiley family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Wiley family to Ireland

Some of the Wiley 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 Wiley migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were:

Wiley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Isaac Wiley, who settled in Barbados in 1663
  • Ann Wiley, who landed in Maryland in 1674 [1]
Wiley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Sarah Wiley, who landed in New England in 1718 [1]
  • Betty Wiley, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766 [1]
  • James Wiley, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766 [1]
  • Jane Wiley, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766 [1]
  • James Wiley, his wife and two sisters, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Wiley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Wiley, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1807 [1]
  • Richard Wiley, who arrived in South Carolina in 1808 [1]
  • William Wiley, aged 30, who arrived in America in 1822 [1]
  • Joseph Wiley, aged 28, who landed in America in 1822 [1]
  • Paul Wiley, aged 78, who landed in America in 1822 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Wiley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Wiley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Wiley, aged 30, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lismoyne"
  • Catherine Wiley, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"
  • Sarah Wiley, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"

New Zealand Wiley migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Wiley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Wiley, who landed in Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand in 1843

Contemporary Notables of the name Wiley (post 1700) +

  • Stephen Bradford Wiley (1929-2015), American Democratic Party politician, Member of the New Jersey Senate (1974-1978)
  • George Wiley (1881-1954), American sliver and bronze medalist for cycling at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Lee Wiley (1908-1975), American popular jazz singer in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s
  • William Wiley, American sailor of the United States Navy, eponym of the USS Wiley (DD-597), a Fletcher-class destroyer
  • Marcellus Vernon Wiley (b. 1974), retired American NFL football defensive end, current co-host of SportsNation on ESPN 2
  • Charles Wiley (d. 1826), American founder of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a global publishing company in 1807, best known for their For Dummies books
  • Autrey Nell Wiley (1901-1990), American literary critic and professor
  • John Cooper Wiley (1893-1967), American Foreign Service officer and ambassador
  • Don Craig Wiley (1944-2001), American microbiologist
  • Richard E. Wiley (b. 1934), American lawyer and former Chairman of the Federal Communications
  • ... (Another 64 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Wiley 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.


Suggested Readings for the name Wiley +

  • 603 Days of Old: The History of the Wileys and Other Early Settlers of Saxtons River, Vermont, 1783-c.1850 by Ruth M. Buxton, Descendants of Hezekiah Sellards (Father of Jenny Wiley) by Clayton R. Cox, The White, Hill, Wiley & Kuns Cousins by Opal L. Streiff.

  1. ^ 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)


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