Willman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Willman family

The surname Willman was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat from ancient times and the Chief branch resided at Ilchester, but the senior branched removed to Poundsford Park in that shire.

Welham is a parish, in the union of Mahket-Harborough, hundred of Gartree, S. division of the county of Leicester. [1] ANd Welham is a village in the civil parish of Clarborough and Welham, in the district of Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire. Both date back to the Domesday Book where they were listed as Weleham and Wellun, respectively. It is thought that the place names mean "homestead by the stream" and/or "place at the springs." [2]

Early History of the Willman family

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Willman Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Welman, Wellman and others.

Early Notables of the Willman family (pre 1700)

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United States Willman migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Willman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ann Willman, who landed in Maryland in 1669 [3]
Willman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Willman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732 [3]
  • Michael Willman, who landed in New York in 1789 [3]
Willman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Augustus Willman, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837 [3]
  • Valentine Willman, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [3]
  • Ernst Willman, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [3]
  • Charlotte Willman, aged 20, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1845 [3]
  • Ernest Willman, who landed in Mississippi in 1845 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Willman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alfred Willman, aged 39, who immigrated to the United States from Bradford, England, in 1919
  • Annie Willman, aged 35, who landed in America from Bradford, England, in 1919
  • Harry Willman, aged 16, who immigrated to the United States, in 1920

Australia Willman migration to Australia +

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

Willman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Soloman Willman, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Willman (post 1700) +

  • Tony Willman (1907-1941), American race car driver, inductee into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame (1992)
  • David Willman (b. 1956), American Pulitzer prize-winning journalist
  • Beth Willman, American astronomer, Assistant Professor at Haverford College
  • Noel Willman (1918-1988), Irish Tony Award winning actor and theater director
  • Hedvig Willman (1841-1887), Swedish stage actor and opera singer


The Willman 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: Dei providentia juvat
Motto Translation: The providence of God is our help.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Cygnet arrived Holdfast Bay, Adealide Sept. 11, 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Cygnet.htm


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