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

Willett Early Origins



The surname Willett was first found in Essex, where the Willett 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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Willett Spelling Variations


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Willett Spelling Variations



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

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Willett Early History


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Willett Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Willett 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 Willett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Willett Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Willett 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 Willett 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:

Willett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Willett, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1632
  • Ann Willett, aged 23, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Eleanor Willett, who landed in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1635
  • James Willett, who landed in Virginia in 1636
  • Peter Willett, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Willett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Willett, who arrived in New York in 1803
  • Samuel Willett, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1821
  • Joshua Willett, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Willett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Willett, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844
  • Onias Willett arrived in Phillip aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington" in 1850
  • Alice Willett, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Escort"

Willett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Willett arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Willett (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Willett (post 1700)



  • Walter Willett MD DrPH. (b. 1945), American physician and nutrition researcher
  • Private First Class Louis Edward Willett (1945-1967), United States Army soldier who received the Medal of Honor
  • Lt. Kenneth Martin Willett (1919-1942), American naval reserve officer who was awarded the Navy Cross
  • Phyllis Willett, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1972
  • Lewis E. Willett, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1928
  • Joseph L. Willett, American politician, Mayor of Haverhill, Massachusetts, 1953
  • Jason Willett, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 2000, 2004, 2008
  • James Polk Willett, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Washington, District of Columbia, 1894-99
  • R. W. Willett, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1884
  • Robert Willett, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 9th District, 1819-22
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844

Other References

  1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  4. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  11. ...

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