Show ContentsWillmot History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Willmot surname evolved from a form of the personal name William.

Early Origins of the Willmot family

The surname Willmot was first found in Derbyshire where "for 350 years, the Derbyshire Wilmots, who have been honoured with three baronetcies, have been settled at Derby or at Cliaddesden in its neighbourhood. There were Wilmots in Cambridgeshire in the 13th century." [1]

Early records listed the name as both a forename and a surname. Walter Wilimot was listed in 1252 and Henry Wilmot was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1279 for Cheshire. Thomas Wilmet was listed in the Assize Rolls for Kent in 1317. [2]

Early History of the Willmot family

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Willmot Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Willmot, Wilmot, Wilmott, Willmott and others.

Early Notables of the Willmot family

Notables of the family at this time include Charles Wilmot (c.1570-1644), created 1st Viscount Athlone on 4 June, 1621; as well as his son, Lieutenant-General Henry Wilmot (1612-1658), an English Cavalier, who fought for the Royalist cause during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, and...
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Ireland Migration of the Willmot family to Ireland

Some of the Willmot family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Australia Willmot migration to Australia +

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

Willmot Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Mr. George Willmot, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Barwell" in September 1797, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
Willmot Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Jane Willmot, British Convict who was convicted in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Experiment" on 4th December 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Willmot (post 1700) +

  • Donald Gilpin "Bud" Willmot (1916-1994), Canadian businessman, and philanthropist
  • George Willmot Renchard (1907-1982), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Burundi, 1968-69 [5]

Empress of Ireland
  • Miss Eliza Willmot (1876-1914), British Second Class Passenger returning from Campbellford, Ontario, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [6]

The Willmot 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: Quod vult valde valt
Motto Translation: What he wishes, he fervently wishes.

  1. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 29th September 2020). Retrieved from
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 22nd March 2021). Retrieved from
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 21) . Retrieved from
  6. Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from on Facebook