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Of all the French names to come from Normandy, Wille is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived at a place in Normandy, called Ouilly-le-Basset in the arrondissement and canton of Falaise in Calvados. The name is adapted from the Old French word "oeil," meaning "eye," which was used metaphorically to refer to the source of a spring or fountain.

Wille Early Origins



The surname Wille was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where this distinguished family held a family seat in the honor of the seigneurie of Ouilly-le-Basset in the arrondissement and canton of Falaise in Calvados.

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Wille Spelling Variations


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Wille Spelling Variations



Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Wille some of which are Oueilly, Oueilly, Ouilly, Ouele, Oueillade, Willet, Willett, Williot, Wille, Willette, Willi, Oulette, Ouellet, Oullett, Wellett, Oullette and many more.

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Wille Early History


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Wille Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wille research. Another 373 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1066 and 1067 are included under the topic Early Wille History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wille Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wille Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebe c. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Wille has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Wille were

Wille Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Wille, aged 35, landed in St Christopher in 1634
  • Thomas Wille, who landed in Maryland in 1672

Wille Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Sebastian Wille, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1771
  • Jerome Wille, who arrived in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1782
  • Johan Fredk Wille, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1796

Wille Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Dorothea Ernestine Wille, aged 30, landed in America in 1843
  • Elisbeth Wille, aged 5, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845
  • Elsabein Wille, aged 1, landed in New Orleans, La in 1845
  • Friedrich Wille, aged 41, landed in New Orleans, La in 1845
  • Heinrich Wille, aged 9, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wille (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wille (post 1700)



  • Virginia Wille, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1984
  • John H. Wille, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1972
  • George C. Wille, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1928
  • David Wille, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 2004

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Citations


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    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    5. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    10. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    11. ...

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

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