The surname Willans was first found in Roxburghshire where the earliest record of this name was of Thomas and William Whillans who held lands in the Lordship of Liddesdale about 1490. The name is believed to be derived from the old lands of Quheillands in the lordships of Liddisdaill. Thomas and William Querland were mentioned in 1505 and just one year later, they are referred to as Thomas and William Querlance.
Early History of the Willans family
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Willans Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Whillans, Whillens, Wheelans, Willan, Willans and others.
Early Notables of the Willans family (pre 1700)
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Peter Willans (1851-1892), English co-founder of Willans & Robinson Limited in the 1870s, manufacturing engineers in Thames Ditton, Surrey, know for their Willans engine was a high-speed stationary steam engine used for electricity generation
Herbert Geoffrey Willans (1911-1958), English author and journalist
Sir Thomas Willans Nussey (1868-1947), 1st Baronet of Rushwood Hall in the County of York, an English barrister and Liberal Party politician
Sir Owen Willans Richardson FRS (1879-1959), English physicist who was awarded the Nobel prize for physics in 1928