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Willingham is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Willingham family lived in Derbyshire, at Willington.

Willingham Early Origins



The surname Willingham was first found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Willington. John of Willington held a family seat there at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
a survey taken by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England at Hastings in 1066 A.D. At the survey Willington was held by Ralph FitzHubert, a Norman overlord, and it is most likely that John of Willington was the second son of Ralph, who took his name from the Lordship of Willington, as was customary in the Norman culture.

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Willingham Spelling Variations


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Willingham Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Willingham are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Willingham include Willington, Willinton, Wilington, Wilinton, de Willington and many more.

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Willingham Early History


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Willingham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Willingham research. Another 269 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1322 and 1330 are included under the topic Early Willingham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Willingham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Willingham Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Willingham In Ireland


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Willingham In Ireland



Some of the Willingham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 102 words (7 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



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Willingham, or a variant listed above:

Willingham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Miss B. Willingham, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894

Willingham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Fredk. Willingham, aged 25, who landed in America from England, in 1904
  • Harry Willingham, aged 29, who settled in America from Beverley, England, in 1904
  • C. B. Willingham, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Ralph Willingham, aged 34, who landed in America from London, England, in 1906
  • William Allen Willingham, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Willingham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Willingham (post 1700)



  • Larry Levi Willingham (b. 1948), retired professional American football player
  • Thomas Hugh Willingham (1906-1988), American infielder in Major League Baseball
  • Calder Baynard Willingham Jr. (1922-1995), American novelist and screenwriter
  • Noble Henry Willingham Jr. (1931-2004), American television and film actor
  • Travis Hampton Willingham (b. 1981), American voice actor
  • Lionel Tyrone "Ty" Willingham (b. 1953), former American football player and coach
  • Le'coe Willingham (b. 1981), American professional basketball player
  • Joshua David Willingham (b. 1979), American Major League Baseball left fielder
  • Bill Willingham (b. 1956), American writer and artist of comics
  • Charles Kenneth "Ken" Willingham (1912-1975), British professional footballer

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Willingham Historic Events


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Willingham Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Richard Neal Willingham (b. 1957), Texas, USA, American Sergeant from Clarksville, Tennessee, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

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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: Vigueur de dessus
Motto Translation: Strength is from above.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Willingham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Willingham 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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