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The Welsh name William is a patronymic surname derived from the personal name William, which is in turn derived from the Old German names Willihelm and Willelm (the Norman French version was Guillaume). Following the Norman Conquest of 1066, William became the most popular personal name in Britain for a time.

William Early Origins



The surname William was first found in Breconshire and Monmouthshire on the English/ Welsh border, where they are traditionally believed to be descended from Brychan Brecheiniog who was Lord of Brecknock at the time of King Arthur of the Round Table. The mediaeval seat of the ancestors of the William family was at Llangibby Castle in County Monmouth. More recently, the family is descended through Rhys Goch, the red haired Lord Ystradyw from Caradog Vreichvras. One of the first records of the name was listed as Robertus filius Willelmi [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
which was listed in the Domesday Book. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Other early records include Richard Williams who was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1279 and John Wylyam who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296.

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William Spelling Variations


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William Spelling Variations



Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The William name over the years has been spelled Williams, Quilliams, Guilliam, Guilliams and others.

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William Early History


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William Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our William research. Another 267 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1846, 1739, 1604, 1683, 1636, 1635, 1666, 1660, 1661, 1641, 1656, 1679, 1623, 1692, 1668, 1696, 1689, 1696, 1688, 1696, 1621, 1712, 1675, 1679 and are included under the topic Early William History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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William Early Notables (pre 1700)


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William Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Roger Williams (c.1604-1683), English-born, American clergyman, founder of the colony of Providence Plantation in 1636; Sir Henry Williams, 2nd Baronet ( c. 1635-1666), a Welsh politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1660 to 1661; John Williams, Archbishop of York...

Another 90 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early William Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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William In Ireland


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William In Ireland



Some of the William family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Many Welsh joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name William:

William Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Masser William, who landed in Virginia in 1649
  • Mack William, who arrived in Virginia in 1656
  • Margaret John William, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1683
  • Rees John William, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1684
  • Robert William, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1693
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

William Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johanna William, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Paul William, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Mary William, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1710
  • Hendrick William, aged 26, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Adam William, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

William Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry William, aged 28, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • William M William, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1825
  • Bartholomew William, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1842
  • Johann William, aged 31, landed in America in 1843
  • Abraham William, aged 28, arrived in America in 1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

William Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mathias William, aged 27, arrived in New York, NY in 1900

William Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Frederick William, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

William Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Honora William, aged 40, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Elizabeth" from Galway, Ireland
  • John William, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Elizabeth" from Galway, Ireland
  • Honora William, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Elizabeth" from Galway, Ireland

William Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mira William arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Winchester" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WINCHESTER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Winchester.htm
  • James William arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bruce" in 1846
  • Ann William, aged 26, a housemaid, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
  • David William, aged 35, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • Thomas William, aged 32, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

William Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Philip William a doctor, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842
  • John William arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hasquina" in 1870
  • William William arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hasquina" in 1870
  • Mr. William arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Schiehallion" in 1872
  • John William, aged 36, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name William (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name William (post 1700)



  • Oscar F. William, American politician, U.S. Consul in Manila, 1897
  • Lewis William, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1940
  • Mrs. George N. William, American Republican politician, Member of Republican National Committee from Georgia, 1924
  • Bernard William, American Republican Congressman from New York in the 1940s and 1950s
  • James William, American professional (NFL) football player

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William Historic Events


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William Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Alec William, British Marine from North End, Portsmouth, England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Douglas Adamson William, South African Ordinary Seaman from South Africa, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during 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: Ensuivant la verite
Motto Translation: By following the truth.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WINCHESTER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Winchester.htm

Other References

  1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Davies, R. R. The Age of Conquest: Wales, 1063-1415. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Print.
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. Rowlands, John, John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. Print. (ISBN 080631620).
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-005-8).
  11. ...

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