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Where did the English Willmott family come from? What is the English Willmott family crest and coat of arms? When did the Willmott family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Willmott family history?

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

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

First found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from very early times, probably about the 12th century.


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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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  • Kevin Willmott (b. 1959), American professor of film at the University of Kansas and a movie director
  • Ann Willmott, American vice president of operations, known for her work on The Bold and the Beautiful (155 episodes)
  • Ellen Ann Willmott (1858-1934), English horticulturalist
  • Christopher Alan "Chris" Willmott (b. 1977), English footballer
  • Christopher Alan "Chris" Willmott (b. 1977), English retired footballer who played from 1995 to 2014
  • Glenis Willmott (b. 1951), née Scott, British politician, Leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party (2009-)
  • Phil Willmott, British director, playwright, arts journalist, teacher, and founder of London based theatre production company
  • Brigadier Harold Willmott CBE (1899-1993), South African military commander
  • Aimee Willmott (b. 1993), British three-time silver and bronze medalist swimmer at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2014 European Championships
  • Stuart Willmott (b. 1964), retired British swimmer who competed at the 1984 Summer Olympics, father of Aimee Willmott

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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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  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. 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.

This page was last modified on 14 April 2015 at 12:10.

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