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Where did the English Williant family come from? What is the English Williant family crest and coat of arms? When did the Williant family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Williant family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Whillans, Whillens, Wheelans, Willan, Willans and others.

First found in Roxburghshire where the earliest record of this name was of Thomas and William Whillans who held lands in the Lordship of Liddesdale about 1490. The name is believed to be derived from the old lands of Quheillands in the lordships of Liddisdaill. Thomas and William Querland were mentioned in 1505 and just one year later, they are referred to as Thomas and William Querlance.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Williant research. Another 191 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1490 and 1622 are included under the topic Early Williant History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Williant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Whilan settled in New York in 1853.

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  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Williant Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Williant 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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