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The family name Will is derived from the ancient Germanic personal name William, which itself comes from the roots will, meaning will or desire, and helm, meaning protection.

Will Early Origins



The surname Will was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat at Saltash from very ancient times.

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Will Spelling Variations


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Will Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Wills, Will, Wylls and others.

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Will Early History


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Will Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Will research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 162 and 1620 are included under the topic Early Will History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Will Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Will Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Will Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Will In Ireland


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Will In Ireland



Some of the Will family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Will or a variant listed above:

Will Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anna Maria Will, who landed in America in 1727
  • Isaac Will, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Michael Will, who landed in Maryland in 1743
  • John Michel Will, who landed in New York in 1745
  • Goerge Michel Will, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1747
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Will Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Gertrude Will, aged 31, landed in Brazil in 1827
  • Lawrence Will, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1839
  • Lewis Will, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Luise Will, aged 28, arrived in America in 1843
  • Philipp Will, aged 34, landed in America in 1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Will Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Elisabeth Will, aged 2, landed in America in 1901
  • Christine Will, aged 18, arrived in New York, NY in 1901
  • Gottlieb Will, aged 9, arrived in New York, NY in 1901
  • Regina Will, aged 39, arrived in New York, NY in 1901

Will Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Will, who arrived in Montreal, Canada between 1793 and 1819

Will Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Pankraz Will, who arrived in Quebec in 1852
  • Otto Will, aged 15, landed in Quebec in 1868

Will Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • David Will, aged 25, a baker, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"

Will Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Will, aged 29, a shoemaker, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • Frances Will, aged 28, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • William Will, aged 6 mths., arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864

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Contemporary Notables of the name Will (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Will (post 1700)



  • George Fredrick Will (b. 1941), American Pulitzer Prize-winning (1977 for Commentary) newspaper columnist, journalist, and author
  • First Lieutenant Walter J Will (d. 1945), American officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • Hay Will (1888-1949), British stage and film comedian

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Motto


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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: Sursum
Motto Translation: Upwards


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    11. ...

    The Will Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Will 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.

    This page was last modified on 13 November 2016 at 19:18.

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