Willet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Willet is derived from the diminutive form of the Old English personal name "Will" or "William." Thus, the name refers to a "son of Willet."

Early Origins of the Willet family

The surname Willet was first found in Essex, where the Willet family held a family seat from very ancient times. Records of the name in Essex and the surrounding shires date back to the Middle Ages, during the years immediately following the Norman Conquest.

Early History of the Willet family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Willet research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1736, 1665, 1562, 1621, 1562, 1511, 1598, 1650, 1678, 1633, 1703, 1605 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Willet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Willet Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Willet, Willett, Willhite, Willot, Willitt, Willets and many more.

Early Notables of the Willet family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Andrew Willet (1562- 1621), an English clergyman and controversialist. Born at Ely in 1562, he was son of Thomas Willet (1511?-1598), who began his career as a public notary, and officiated as such at the consecration of Archbishop Parker. [1] Deborah "Deb" Willet...
Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Willet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Willet migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Willet Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Willet, who settled in Plymouth in 1630
  • Thomas Willet, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1630 [2]
  • Tobie Willet, who landed in New England in 1632 [2]
  • Henry Willet, who settled in Virginia in 1640
  • Peter Willet, who landed in Virginia in 1649 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Willet Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anna Cath Willet, who immigrated to Charleston, South Carolina in 1764
  • Joseph Willet, who arrived in Boston in 1765
Willet Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Gilbert C Willet, who landed in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Christian Willet, who landed in America in 1854 [2]
  • Mary J. Willet, who settled in Massachusetts in 1860

Canada Willet migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Willet Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Philip Willet, who was living in Ontario in 1871

Contemporary Notables of the name Willet (post 1700) +

  • Gerald L. Willet (1934-2017), American politician and businessman who served in the Minnesota Senate from 1971 to 1988
  • Slim Willet (1919-1966), born Winston Lee Moore, an American disc jockey, musician, and songwriter, inducted into the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame in 1994
  • William Willet (1869-1921), American portrait painter, muralist, stained glass designer, studio owner and writer
  • Marinus Willet (1740-1830), American politician, Mayor of New York City, New York, 1807-08 [3]
  • Commodore William Willet, Private Secretary to Prince Phillip
  • Willet I. VanDemark, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Ulster County 2nd District, 1887 [4]
  • Willet E. Hoysradt, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1916 [5]


The Willet 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: Dieu et mon devoir
Motto Translation: God and my work.


Suggested Readings for the name Willet +

  • 1638 The Willett Families of North America by Albert James Willett, The Willett Family of Maryland: Colonial Pewterers, Kentucky Pioneers by Mary Louise Donnelly.

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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