Willetts History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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."

Early Origins of the Willetts family

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.

Early History of the Willetts family

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

Willetts Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Willetts 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 Willetts Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Willetts migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Willetts Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Willetts, aged 25, who landed in New York in 1812 [2]

Australia Willetts migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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 [3]
  • Joseph Willetts, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Joseph Willetts, English convict from Shropshire, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Mr. William Willetts, English convict who was convicted in Birmingham, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 28th March 1848, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) from Bermuda [6]

New Zealand Willetts migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Willetts Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Willetts, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Westminster
  • Samuel Willetts, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship "Westminster"
  • William Willetts, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Westminster
  • William Willetts, aged 34, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • Mary Willetts, aged 30, who 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.)

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 [7]
  • Henry Willetts, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1904 [7]
  • Harold Willetts, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1972 [7]
  • H. L. Willetts, American Republican politician, Chair of Brunswick County Republican Party, 1952 [7]
  • A. L. Willetts, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1956 [7]
  • David Linsay Willetts PC (b. 1956), Baron Willetts, an English Conservative Party politician, Minister of State for Universities and Science (2010-2014)
  • 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
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 and died in the sinking [8]


The Willetts 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.


  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. ^ 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
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bangalore
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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