Willits History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Willits is derived from the diminutive form of the Old English personal name "Will" or "William." Thus, the name refers to a "son of Willet."

Early Origins of the Willits family

The surname Willits was first found in Essex, where the Willits family held a family seat from very ancient times. Records of the name in Essex and the surrounding shires date back to the Middle Ages, during the years immediately following the Norman Conquest.

Early History of the Willits family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Willits research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1736, 1665, 1562, 1621, 1562, 1511, 1598, 1650, 1678, 1633, 1703, 1605 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Willits History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Willits Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Willet, Willett, Willhite, Willot, Willitt, Willets and many more.

Early Notables of the Willits family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Andrew Willet (1562- 1621), an English clergyman and controversialist. Born at Ely in 1562, he was son of Thomas Willet (1511?-1598), who began his career as a public notary, and officiated as such at the consecration of Archbishop Parker. [1] Deborah "Deb" Willet...
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Willits Ranking

In the United States, the name Willits is the 14,147th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]


Australia Willits migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Willits Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Willits, (Willietts), (b. 1823), aged 16, English blacksmith who was convicted in Worcester, Worcestershire, England for 10 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Egyptian" on 5th April 1839, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1906 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Willits (post 1700) +

  • Emma K. Willits (1869-1965), American pioneering woman physician and surgeon
  • Edwin Willits (1830-1896), American politician from the state of Michigan
  • Christopher Willits, American musician and multimedia artist
  • Reggie Gene Willits (b. 1981), American professional baseball outfielder
  • Ryan Willits (b. 1987), former Australian Rules footballer
  • Adam Willits (b. 1972), Australian actor, best known as an original cast member of the television soap opera Home and Away
  • Peter Willits Burnside (1930-2022), American Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher who appeared in 196 Major League Baseball games from 1955 to 1963


The Willits 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: Dieu et mon devoir
Motto Translation: God and my work.


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 26th January 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/egyptian


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