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

Willetts Early Origins



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


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Willetts Spelling Variations



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

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Willetts Early History


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Willetts Early History



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

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Willetts Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Willetts 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 Willetts 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:

Willetts Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Willetts, aged 25, landed in New York in 1812

Willetts Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Willetts, English convict from Shropshire, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  • Joseph Willetts, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  • Joseph Willetts, English convict from Shropshire, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]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

Willetts Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Willetts landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Westminster
  • Samuel Willetts landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship "Westminster"
  • William Willetts landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Westminster
  • William Willetts, aged 34, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • Mary Willetts, aged 30, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Willetts (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Willetts (post 1700)



  • Isaac E. Willetts (b. 1869), American Republican politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Eleventh Bristol District, 1905-06
  • Henry Willetts, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1904
  • Harold Willetts, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1972
  • H. L. Willetts, American Republican politician, Chair of Brunswick County Republican Party, 1952
  • A. L. Willetts, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1956
  • Duncan Willetts (b. 1983), English cricketer for Herefordshire
  • Frank Terence "Terry" Willetts (b. 1939), English first-class and list A cricketer for Somerset in the mid-1960s from Birmingham
  • Helen Sarah Willetts (b. 1972), English meteorologist on the BBC from Chester
  • Dave Willetts (b. 1952), English singer and actor, known as the lead in the London production of Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, and others
  • Albert Leslie Willetts (1900-1979), New Zealand yacht designer, builder and racer, winner of the Sanders Cup, in 1924, 1929 and 1947
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Willetts Historic Events


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Willetts Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Tom Willetts (b. 1917), English Sub-Lieutenant serving for the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve from Lytham, Lytham-St. Annes, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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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 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  3. ^ 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. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Willetts Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Willetts 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 2 February 2016 at 22:58.

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