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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."

Willet Early Origins



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.

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Willet Spelling Variations


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Willet Spelling Variations



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

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Willet Early History


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Willet Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Willet research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1736, 1665, 1562, 1621, 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.

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Willet Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Willet Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include Andrew Willet (1562- 1621), an English clergyman and controversialist; Deborah "Deb" Willet (1650-1678), a young maid employed by Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) whose extramarital liaisons were chronicled...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Willet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • Tobie Willet, who landed in New England in 1632
  • Henry Willet, who settled in Virginia in 1640
  • Peter Willet, who landed in Virginia in 1649
  • ... (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
  • Christian Willet, who landed in America in 1854
  • Mary J. Willet, who came to Massachusetts in 1860

Willet Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Philip Willet, who was living in Ontario in 1871

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Contemporary Notables of the name Willet (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Willet (post 1700)



  • 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
  • Commodore William Willet, Private Secretary to Prince Phillip

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Suggested Readings for the name Willet


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Suggested Readings for the name Willet



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

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Motto


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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.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    4. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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    The Willet Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Willet 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.

    This page was last modified on 22 July 2016 at 12:27.

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