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Wilie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



A family of Strathclyde-Briton were the first to use the name Wilie. They lived in Dumfries.


Early Origins of the Wilie family


The surname Wilie 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 Wilie family


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

Wilie Spelling Variations


In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Wilie has appeared as Wiley, Wylie, Whyley, Wyley, Wilie, Wyllie and others.

Early Notables of the Wilie family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Wilie family to Ireland


Some of the Wilie 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.

Migration of the Wilie family to the New World and Oceana


The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North America. Among them:

Wilie Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Effie Jean Wilie, aged 27, who arrived in America, in 1909
  • Meritt A. Wilie, aged 43, who arrived in America, in 1920
  • Warren Wilie, aged 58, who arrived in America, in 1920
  • James Wilie, aged 55, who arrived in America, in 1922
  • Allan Wilie, aged 22, who arrived in America, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Wilie (post 1700)


  • Dennis Ernest "Denney" Wilie (1890-1966), American Major League Baseball outfielder who played from 1911 to 1915

The Wilie 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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