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

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The surname Willmott was first found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from very early times, probably about the 12th century.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Willmott research. Another 281 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1008, 1650, 1570, 1644, 1621, 1612, 1658, 1652, 1647, 1680, 1651, 1681, 1740 and 1614 are included under the topic Early Willmott History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 163 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Willmott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Willmott family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Willmott Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Francis Willmott, who arrived in Maryland in 1657
  • Tho Willmott, who arrived in Virginia in 1657
  • Jno Willmott, who landed in Virginia in 1666
  • Robert Willmott, who arrived in Maryland in 1678

Willmott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Samuel Devonshire Willmott, aged 53, landed in New Jersey in 1819

Willmott Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Willmott, aged 22, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Standard"
  • Elizabeth Willmott, aged 15, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Caroline"
  • Martha Willmott, aged 40, a housekeeper, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Caroline"

Willmott Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • W. Willmott arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888

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  • Ann Willmott, American vice president of operations, known for her work on The Bold and the Beautiful (155 episodes)
  • Kevin Willmott (b. 1959), American professor of film at the University of Kansas and a movie director
  • Christopher Alan "Chris" Willmott (b. 1977), English retired footballer who played from 1995 to 2014
  • Ellen Ann Willmott (1858-1934), English horticulturalist
  • Dan Willmott, Canadian actor, known for his roles in Mean Girls (2004), Waydowntown (2000) and Big Girl (2005)
  • Jacquelene "Jackie" Willmott (b. 1965), British gold medalist, two-times silver and three-time bronze swimmer
  • Stuart Willmott (b. 1964), retired British swimmer who competed at the 1984 Summer Olympics, father of Aimee Willmott
  • Aimee Willmott (b. 1993), British three-time silver and bronze medalist swimmer at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2014 European Championships
  • Brigadier Harold Willmott CBE (1899-1993), South African military commander
  • Glenis Willmott (b. 1951), née Scott, British politician, Leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party (2009-)

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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.

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  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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The Willmott Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Willmott 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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