The ancient name Willdy is a Norman name that would have been developed in England
after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. This name was a name given to 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 Willdy family
The surname Willdy 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 Willdy family
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Willdy Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Willdy were recorded, including Wild, Wilde, Wildee, Wylde and others.
Early Notables of the Willdy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Willdy family to Ireland
Some of the Willdy family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Willdy family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Willdy arrived in North America very early: Robert Wild who settled in Virginia in 1635; William, John and Jo Wild, who all settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635; John Wild, who settled in Barbados in 1654.
The Willdy 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.