Willingham is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Willingham family lived in Derbyshire
, at Willington.
Early Origins of the Willingham family
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
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.
The village and civil parish of Cherry Willingham is in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire and Willingham by Stow is a rural village nearby.
Early History of the Willingham family
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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.
Early Notables of the Willingham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Willingham family to Ireland
Some of the Willingham family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Willingham family to the New World and Oceana
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
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
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Contemporary Notables of the name Willingham (post 1700)
- John Willingham (b. 1946), American writer and editor from Waco, Texas, known for his collections of reviews about honors programs at public universities in the United States
- Kamilah Willingham, African American activist, feminist, speaker, and writer
- Lionel Tyrone "Ty" Willingham (b. 1953), former American football player and head coach at Stanford University (1995–2001), the University of Notre Dame (2002–2004), and the University of Washington (2005–2008)
- Emily Jane Willingham (b. 1968), American scientist known for her research into the red-eared slider turtle, joint recipient of the 2014 John Maddox Prize
- Joshua David "Josh" Willingham (b. 1979), American Major League Baseball left fielder from Florence, Alabama who played from 2004 to 2014
- Thomas Hugh Willingham (1906-1988), American infielder in Major League Baseball who played from 1930 to 1933 for the Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies
- Calder Baynard Willingham Jr. (1922-1995), American Academy Award nominated novelist and screenwriter, known for his work on Paths of Glory (1957), One-Eyed Jacks (1960), The Graduate (1967) and Little Big Man (1970)
- Noble Henry Willingham Jr. (1931-2004), American television and film actor from Mineola, Texas, best known for his roles in Walker, Texas Ranger (1993-1999), Up Close & Personal (1996), Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), Chinatown (1974)
- Travis Hampton Willingham (b. 1981), American seven-time Behind the Voice Actors Award winning voice actor, known for his work on English language dubs of Japanese anime shows and on cartoons and video games
- William "Bill" Willingham (b. 1956), American writer and artist of comics, known for his work on the series Elementals and Fables
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Historic Events for the Willingham family
Arrow Air Flight 1285
- Mr. Richard Neal Willingham (b. 1957), Texas, USA, American Sergeant from Clarksville, Tennessee, USA who died in the crash CITATION[CLOSE]
American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550
The Willingham 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.