Willing History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Willing family

The surname Willing was first found in county Norfolk, where William de Wellynge was recorded in 1273.

Early History of the Willing family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Willing research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1362, 1578, 1619, and 1757 are included under the topic Early Willing History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Willing Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Welling, Wellings, Wellinge, Wellynge, Wellyngs and many more.

Early Notables of the Willing family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Willing Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Willing migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Willing Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Margrett Willing, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1679 [1]
Willing Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Heinr Willing, who arrived in America in 1845 [1]
  • Joh Bern Willing, who landed in America in 1850 [1]
  • R Willing, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Thomas Willing, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

New Zealand Willing 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:

Willing Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Willing, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Euphemus" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 12th February 1857 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Willing (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Willing (1731-1821), American politician, Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1763-64; Justice of Pennsylvania State Supreme Court, 1767; Delegate to Continental Congress from Pennsylvania, 1775
  • Joseph K. Willing, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 4th District, 1922
  • John W. Willing, American Democrat politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Wicomico County, 1886
  • James R. Willing, American Democrat politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Wicomico County, 1880
  • Charles Willing (1710-1754), American politician, Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1748-49, 1754
  • Barbara Willing, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 62nd District, 1978


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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