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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.

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The surname Wiley was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn 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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wiley research. Another 203 words (14 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.

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Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wiley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Wiley 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.

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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 settled in Barbados in 1663
  • Ann Wiley, who landed in Maryland in 1674

Wiley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Sarah Wiley, who landed in New England in 1718
  • Betty Wiley, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766
  • James Wiley, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766
  • Jane Wiley, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766
  • James Wiley, his wife and two sisters, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766


Wiley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Wiley, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Richard Wiley, who arrived in South Carolina in 1808
  • Wm Wiley, aged 30, arrived in America in 1822
  • Joseph Wiley, aged 28, landed in America in 1822
  • Paul Wiley, aged 78, landed in America in 1822


Wiley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


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

Wiley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Wiley landed in Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand in 1843

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  • 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
  • Arthur G. Wiley, American politician, Delegate to Maine convention to ratify 21st amendment from York County, 1933
  • Bessie Wiley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Washington, 1932
  • Bruce Wiley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 2008
  • C. E. Wiley, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1924

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  • 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.
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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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  2. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
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  6. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  9. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  10. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
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The Wiley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wiley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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