Willtum is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Willtum family once 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 Willtum family
The surname Willtum was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
Early History of the Willtum family
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Willtum Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Willtum family name include Wilton, Wiltone, Willton, Willtone and others.
Early Notables of the Willtum family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Willtum family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Willtum surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Francis Wilton who settled in Virginia in 1619; one year before the "Mayflower"; David and Nicholas Wilton settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630.