The name Willton has a long Anglo-Saxon
heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in one of the places called Wilton in Cumberland
, or the East and North Ridings of Yorkshire
. Wilton, Wiltshire
was originally called Ellandune. It was the scene of a battle between Egbert, king of the West Saxons
, and Beorwolf, the Mercian king.
Early Origins of the Willton family
The surname Willton was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
Early History of the Willton family
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Willton Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Willton have been found, including Wilton, Wiltone, Willton, Willtone and others.
Early Notables of the Willton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Willton family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Willton, or a variant listed above: Francis Wilton who settled in Virginia in 1619; one year before the "Mayflower"; David and Nicholas Wilton settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630.