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Willdey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the name Willdey was first found in Britina. It was a name for a person of wild or undisciplined character. Looking back even further, we found the name was originally derived from the Old English word wilde, meaning untamed or uncivilized.

Early Origins of the Willdey family


The surname Willdey was first found in Berkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Wyld Court, being descended from Ulric Wilde, a Domesday tenant in that county.

Early History of the Willdey family


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Willdey Spelling Variations


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Willdey are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Willdey include Wild, Wilde, Wildee, Wylde and others.

Early Notables of the Willdey family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Willdey family to Ireland


Some of the Willdey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Willdey family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Willdey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Jane Willdey, aged 40, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863

The Willdey 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: Veritas victrix
Motto Translation: Truth Conquered.


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