Willitts History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Willitts 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 Willitts family

The surname Willitts was first found in Essex, where the Willitts 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 Willitts family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Willitts 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 Willitts History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Willitts Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Willitts 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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United States Willitts migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Willitts Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Willitts, who landed in America in 1800 [2]


The Willitts 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. ^ 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)


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