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Willmore Early Origins



The surname Willmore was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census 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)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Swinstead, held by Walter d'Aincourt, a Norman noble who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

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Willmore Spelling Variations


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Willmore Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Wolmer, Woolmer, Wollmore, Woolman, Ullmer, Ulmer, Wollmer, Wulmar, Wulmare, Wilmore, Wilmer, Wilmere, Wulmere, Woolmore, Woolmore, Wollmor and many more.

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Willmore Early History


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Willmore Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Willmore research. Another 343 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1246, 1097, 1246, 1632, 1692, 1655, 1718, 1685, 1755, 1720 and 1772 are included under the topic Early Willmore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Willmore Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Willmore Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Willmore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Willmore Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Charles Willmore, who landed in Maryland in 1676

Willmore Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anthony Willmore, who landed in Virginia in 1701

Willmore Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Thomas Willmore, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1909
  • Laura Willmore, aged 27, who settled in America from Maidstone, England, in 1912
  • Vernon Willmore, aged 4, who emigrated to the United States from Maidstone, England, in 1912
  • John Willmore, aged 33, who landed in America from Hythe Kent, England, in 1913
  • Edith Willmore, aged 31, who landed in America from Hythe Kent, England, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Willmore (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Willmore (post 1700)



  • Ben Willmore, American photographer, author and founder of Digital Mastery
  • Thomas James Willmore (1919-2005), English geometer, best known for his work on Riemannian 3-space, eponym of Willmore energy
  • James Tibbits Willmore (1800-1863), English engraver
  • Jeffrey John Willmore (b. 1954), Canadian artist based in London, Ontario
  • Norman Alfred Willmore (1909-1965), Canadian provincial politician from Alberta, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta (1944 to 1965)

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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. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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The Willmore Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Willmore 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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