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

Willette Early Origins



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


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Willette Spelling Variations



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

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Willette Early History


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Willette Early History



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

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Willette Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Willette 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 Willette 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:

Willette Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Gladys Willette, aged 11, who emigrated to Blaine, U.S.A., in 1921
  • Minnie Willette, aged 36, who settled in Blaine, U.S.A., in 1921
  • Earl Willette, aged 21, who settled in America, in 1924

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Contemporary Notables of the name Willette (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Willette (post 1700)



  • Jeff Willette (b. 1971), American computer graphics 3D animator
  • JoAnn Willette (b. 1963), American actress
  • Paul W. Willette, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Bay County 2nd District, 1942
  • Edward Willette, American Republican politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Nashua 7th Ward, 1938
  • Alex Willette, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 2008
  • Adolphe-Léon Willette (1857-1926), French painter, illustrator, caricaturist, and lithographer

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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. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. 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.
    3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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    The Willette Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Willette 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 12 January 2016 at 13:35.

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